Commentary: We miss you in Frankfurt, Mr. President

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This article mentions Eka Kurniawan Goenawan Mohamad Laksmi Pamuntjak Leila S. Chudori Pramoedya Ananta Toer
Written by Endy Bayuni
Originally published in Jakarta Post.
Oct 15, 2015

No one can say that Indonesia lacks the imagination to be able to produce literary works of global standards. Certainly not after Frankfurt. They just have never had the access. Handled properly, this could be a milestone and a badly needed boost for the Indonesian literary world in taking the world stage.

Which is why the absence of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo is most regrettable, even unforgivable.

His minders must have lacked the imagination to understand what his presence would have meant for Indonesian literature. The official excuses for his absence, that he will be traveling to the US in October or that he will be making a trip to Europe in December anyway, are just unacceptable.

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