What Felix Nesi Does and Thinks When He Writes

After Literature and Ideas Festival (LIFEs) by Salihara was held in late 2019, we got a chance to have a short conversation with Felix K. Nesi, author of Orang-Orang Oetimu, a fiction about people in West Timor that won the first place of Sayembara Novel Dewan Kesenian Jakarta 2018. In this interview, you will see…

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“I thought I should have read it long ago.”

Ronggeng Dukuh Paruk (The Dancer) by Ahmad Tohari portrays the tumultuous days of 1960’s Indonesia through a love story between Srintil and Rasus in Paruk, a village that struggles to keep up with the changing world. The village of Paruk is rather isolated, could only be reached by traversing the network of dikes bordering the…

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The Plot to Kill The Muezzin

Translated by Marjie Suanda. This story was included in a short story collection Not Virgin Mary forthcoming from Gramedia Pustaka Utama. It has been republished here with permissions from the author. You also can read the original in Indonesian, Rencana Pembunuhan Sang Muazin, published in Detikcom on July 15, 2017. Bukan Perawan Maria, the Indonesian edition of…

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Masochism in Religion, A Review of Santa Rosa

Santa Rosa is the latest poetry book of Dorothea Rosa Herliany before she published her novel Isinga: Roman Papua. Rosa a writer got recognition in both works. She became the first person to win Kusala Sastra Khatulistiwa in both categories prose and poetry in 2015. Others than those two books, Rosa published a collection of…

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Two West Papuan Authors You Should Read

Many of you have probably seen or read about Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s powerful TED talk, “The Danger of a Single Story.” In sum, she argues that if we only hear one story about a place or a group of people then we risk stereotyping, misunderstanding, and reducing that place or people. People outside…

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Womb and Women’s Bitterness in Patiwangi

Oka Rusmini is a few of the writers who managed to master three forms of fiction: novels, short stories, and poetry. This Balinese woman born in Jakarta, July 11, 1967 was first known through the novel Earth Dance in 2000. The novel is filled with Balinese culture is a trademark of Oka’s works in other…

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From Book Review to the Canonization of Literature
Op-Ed

If we visited a bookstore recently, we can easily get the latest literary books from new authors. Those books were written by authors who, apologetically, I know almost nothing on their writing’s history. It was like they were born this early morning, when we all slept soundly. In the world of literature, which feels like…

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Tiffany Tsao: On working with Norman for Asymptote

One of the most rewarding things about being an Editor-at-Large for Asymptote is unearthing and bringing a new life to exciting work from the countries we represent. As the Indonesia Editor-at-Large, I see my role as that of an advocate. In proposing a piece, it’s crucial to make a strong case for the work. This involves compiling…

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