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Indonesian writers as seen on English/foreign-language media. See also Media Clippings.

Jul 30, 2020 / Jakarta Post
on Ajip Rosidi

Award-winning author Ajip Rosidi dead at 82

Award-winning author Ajip Rosidi passed away at Tidar Regional Hospital in Magelang, Central Java, on Wednesday. He was 82 years old. He died while undergoing postoperative treatment, Ajip’s daughter Nundang Rundagi said as reported by tempo.co. She explained that her father had been admitted to the hospital about a week ago after falling at one of his children’s homes in Mungkid district, Magelang. Doctors said he had suffered a brain hemorrhage and would require surgery.
Jul 20, 2020 / Kompas.com
on Sapardi Djoko Damono

Icon of Indonesian Literature Sapardi Djoko Damono Passes Away

Indonesian literature has lost one of its leading figures, eminent poet Sapardi Djoko Damono, who passed away Sunday, July 19. He was 80. “[Sapardi] died of natural causes,” said his relative Nana Subianto, prior to interring him at Giritama cemetery in Bogor, West Java. “He was treated at the Eka Hospital in South Tangerang since July 9. His organs started to fail because of complications from a long-running illness.” Thousands of netizens paid tribute to Sapardi, the majority of whom recited his poems. Artikel ini telah tayang di Kompas.com dengan judul "Icon of Indonesian Literature Sapardi Djoko Damono Passes Away", https://go.kompas.com/read/2020/07/20/170249674/icon-of-indonesian-literature-sapardi-djoko-damono-passes-away. Penulis : Tunggul Wirajuda Editor : Melecio Luib Akses Kompas.com lebih cepat dan mudah melalui aplikasi Google Play: https://bit.ly/3g85pkA Apple App Store: https://apple.co/3hXWJ0L
Jul 19, 2020 / Jakarta Post
on Pramoedya Ananta Toer

Indonesian literary icon Sapardi Djoko Damono passes away at 80

Trailblazing literary icon Sapardi Djoko Damono, known for his seminal poems and works of cultural criticism, passed away on Sunday morning. He was 80 years old. Senior writer and cultural critic Goenawan Mohamad tweeted the news of Sapardi’s passing. “Poet Sapardi Djoko Damono passed away this morning after having been sick for several months,” Goenawan wrote on his official Twitter page.
Jul 19, 2020 / Jakarta Post
on Lala Bohang

Lala Bohang explores the feminine in the fantastical

Fresh off her residency in Berlin and Kassel, Germany, artist and author Lala Bohang said she originally applied two years prior, but did not receive the spot until a year later. “Those who know me would know I’m generally a slow person when it comes to new things, so applying for a residency outside Indonesia is really a brave move on my part,” she said in an Instagram Live session hosted by Goethe-Institut Indonesien. Hailing from Makassar, South Sulawesi, Lala has always been interested in fairy tales, as can be seen from her whimsical and fantastical illustrations. 
Jul 07, 2020 / New Mandala
on Tan Malaka

‘That damned elusive pimpernel: Tan Malaka and the Patjar Merah stories

The Indonesian Marxist and anti-colonial revolutionary Tan Malaka (1894-1949) exists in two forms, real and fictional. The real Tan Malaka was born around 1894 and had two spells at the forefront of Indonesian politics, first in the early 1920s, when he was a leader of the Communist Union of the Indies, and second during the Indonesian Revolution (1945-49), when he campaigned for a radical policy of social revolution and armed resistance against the Dutch. Between these two spells he spent twenty years in exile (1922-42), living for the most part under a variety of false identities in Siam, the Philippines, Singapore, and China.
May 12, 2020 / Options
on Intan Paramaditha

Author Q&A: Intan Paramaditha explores displacement, feminism and the road not taken in her choose-your-own adventure debut novel

In The Wandering, a young woman bored with teaching English in Jakarta, a city “full of thwarted suicidal urges”, makes a pact with her Demon Lover. He gives her a pair of red shoes that will take her wherever she wants to go — but the present comes with a curse. Intan Paramaditha’s debut novel was translated by Stephen J Epstein from the Indonesian edition titled Gentayangan: Pilih Sendiri Petualangan Sepatu Merahmu (2017) after it won two grants from international writers’ association PEN. It centres on borderlands and global nomadism, desire, mobility and displacement, the politics and privileges of travel, and how freedom and limitations tip the choices we make. Its protagonist remembers her mother’s warning — “bad girls go wandering” — but like the disobedient woman who gives in to an addiction, she grabs her options on a wing and a prayer as her red shoes click-clack across land and sea, from Indonesia to the US and Mexico, through dirt-filled streets, hotels, graveyards, nightspots, markets and mosques. En route, fellow travellers share gory, sorry stories.
Mar 05, 2020 / Guardian, The
on Intan Paramaditha

Intan Paramaditha: ‘Travel was unattainable for me – I thought America only existed on TV’

"Onism”, according to John Koenig’s Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows (an online “fictionary” for ineffable feelings), is “the frustration of being stuck in just one body, that inhabits only one place at a time, which is like standing in front of the departures screen at an airport, flickering over with strange place names like other people’s passwords, each representing one more thing you’ll never get to see before you die – and all because, as the arrow on the map helpfully points out, you are here.” Indonesian author Intan Paramaditha’s recent book The Wandering, a socially observant choose-your-own adventure novel, is the epitome of onism. Structured like one of the Choose Your Own Adventure series from the 1980s and 90s that Paramaditha read as a child, this novel is no gimmicky remake or nostalgic paean. Instead, Paramaditha adapts the form to serve her subject matter: travel, around which she draws questions of mobility, agency and representation into orbit.
Mar 05, 2020 / Asia House
on Intan Paramaditha

Author Q&A: Intan Paramaditha, The Wandering

The most ingenious and unusual novel you will read all year, where you choose your own story. You’ve grown roots, you’re gathering moss. You’re desperate to escape your boring life teaching English in Jakarta, to go out and see the world. So you make a Faustian pact with a devil, who gives you a gift, and a warning. A pair of red shoes to take you wherever you want to go. You’re forever wandering, everywhere and nowhere, but where is your home? And where will you choose to go? We caught up with Indonesian author Intan Paramaditha ahead of our event with her at Foyles on 31 March.
Feb 29, 2020 / Google Doodles
on Nh. Dini

NH Dini’s 84th Birthday

Inspired by her international travels and relentless pursuit for women’s rights, Dini devoted her life to writing and published dozens of novels, short stories, and poems over her 60-year career. Through works such as “Pada Sebuah Kapal” (“On a Ship,” 1985), and “Namaku Hiroko” (“My Name Is Hiroko,” 1986), Dini’s fiction continues to empower women today. Here’s to a writer whose words live on in the hearts and minds of readers around the world.
Feb 29, 2020 / Jakarta Post
on Nh. Dini

Google Doodle celebrates 84th birthday of literary legend NH Dini

Indonesian literary legend Nurhayati Sri Hardini Siti Nukatin, renowned as NH Dini, would have turned 84 on Saturday – an event commemorated with a Google Doodle. Illustrated by Jakarta-based artist Kathrin Honesta, the doodle has the prolific writer wearing glasses while filling pages upon pages of paper with words. According to Google’s Doodle page, NH Dini “grew up listening to her mother read stories from local magazines" and later became a famous author whose works mostly focused on gender issues as she was known to resist "the traditional role of women established by Javanese patriarchy".