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Ronggeng Dukuh Paruk

Book / Novel

Ronggeng Dukuh Paruk

The Dancer
by Ahmad Tohari

Format: Paperback, Indonesian
397 page(s)
ISBN/ISBN13: 9792201963/9789792201963
Published Jan 01, 2003 by Gramedia Pustaka Utama

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Set in the tumultuous days of the mid 1960s, Ronggeng Dukuh Paruk describes a village community struggling to adapt to a rapidly changing world. It also provides readers with a ground-level view of the political turmoil and human tragedy leading up to and following the abortive Communist coup. This trilogy of novels traces the lives of two characters: Srintil, a dancer whose unwitting involvement with the region’s leftist propaganda machine sets her at odds with Rasus, the love of her life who embraces Islam and finds a career in the army.

Through their separate experiences, both learn the concepts of shame and sin: Rasus after he leaves their home village and journeys into the wider world and Srintil when the outside world finally comes crashing into her remote and isolated village.

Other/Related Editions

The Dancer
English / 2013

Ronggeng Dukuh Paruk quite surprised me. I didn't expect to love it, though had been rather intrigued by the Ronggeng theme (I have thought it's about dancer, never expected to be disgusted by prostitution!)
Fanda Classiclit   in Ronggeng Dukuh Paruk (The Dancer) by Ahmad Tohari: An Indonesian Classic (Personal Blog, Mar 15, 2023)

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