Ronggeng Dukuh Paruk

Book / Novel

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.

When reading a highly celebrated book, I often asked myself: “Where have I been? How come I didn’t read this way earlier?” And it was clearly the case with Ronggeng Dukuh Paruk. I thought I should have read it long ago. But I was touched by this passage.
Sarita Supratman in “I thought I should have read it long ago.” (The Journal, Sep 29, 2019)

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