Book Stories


Unveiling Sexuality and social insanity

Apr 11, 2010 / Entrok
There was a time when this country had an authoritarian leader who knew nothing but the accumulation of wealth and power to maintain control over society. He used military and civilian personnel to intimidate the people ...

Gerhana Kembar, a novel by Clara Ng

Nov 27, 2008 / Gerhana Kembar
Lendy, book editor on big publishing house got bit surprise when she found old manuscript and letters in her grandmother’s cupboard. Now, her grandmother’s is dying because of cancer in hospital. Lendy read the story ...

Theme level issues in novel Saman masterpiece Ayu Utami and novel Nayla masterpiece Djenar Maesa Ayu

Jan 01, 2008 / Saman Saman: A Novel
Problem or theme which is lifted in novel Saman masterpiece Ayu Utami and novel Nayla masterpiece Djenar Maesa Ayu make polemic from some opinion. However novel Saman masterpiece Ayu Utami and novel Nayla masterpiece Djenar ...

Criticism on Saman by Ayu Utami

Apr 01, 2007 / Saman Saman: A Novel
Saman, written by Ayu Utami, a book that was controversial in Indonesia, however not so much so in North America, was trying to liberate women from social oppression. I, however, don’t think that the book ...

Descriptions of Female Sexuality in Ayu Utami’s Saman

Jan 05, 2007 / Saman Saman: A Novel
Ayu Utami’s Saman, published in May 1998, describes female sexuality openly, a factor which has caused some controversy in Indonesia. Several critics have applauded the explicit descriptions of sexuality in this novel, claiming they are ...

Leader of the flak

Mar 05, 2006 / Saman: A Novel
NEARLY EIGHT YEARS since Saman was published in Indonesia, taking the book world there by storm, Ayu Utami has seen immense changes in her life. Once an unknown journalist, her debut novel has sold more than 150,000 copies and been reprinted 34 times in its original language. Saman is now a cause celebre - and its outspoken 37-year-old author is sought after by an Indonesian media hungry for her frank commentary.

All That Is Gone by Pramoedya Ananta Toer, trans Willem Samuels

Dec 31, 2004 / All That Is Gone
The first volume of the Indonesian writer Pramoedya Ananta Toer's epic quartet of novels set in the Dutch East Indies in the early 20th century, This Earth of Mankind, appeared in an English translation in 1982. It was followed two years later by Child of All Nations. The narrator, Minke, an aspiring writer and budding nationalist, tells of love, work and disappointment in the contrasting milieux of Javanese tradition and Dutch colonial hegemony, with a warmth and intimacy that seem to derive from personal experience.

A Practice Wife’s Story

Aug 11, 2002 / The Girl from the Coast
One of the most moving sections of the Indonesian writer Pramoedya Ananta Toer's excellent memoir, ''The Mute's Soliloquy,'' contains instructional letters to his children. In ''Music, Sports, Self-Defense and a Story,'' he tells his daughter Yana about a Siberian woman who once gave him a package for an Indonesian man she'd met -- not knowing, Pramoedya assumed, that ''Indonesia was a country of almost 14,000 islands.'' Years later he meets the man on one of the most desolate islands in that archipelago, at the penal colony where Pramoedya was held for more than 11 years under Indonesia's military ''new order'' regime. His written advice to his children (to another daughter: ''You don't have a boyfriend, do you? You're too young for that'') is made especially moving by the fact that the prisoners on Buru Island were only occasionally permitted to write letters, and never to send them.

Pramoedya Ananta Toer (Translation by Willem Samuels), ‘The Mute’s Soliloquy’

Dec 01, 2001 / The Mute’s Soliloquy: A Memoir
On the night of 13 October 1965, the Indonesian novelist Pramoedya Ananta Toer was working at home; his family had already moved, for their own safety, to his mother-in-law's house. Around 10.30 pm, a crowd gathered outside and began to throw stones at the house. Police officers and soldiers arrived, telling Pram that they had come to “take him to safety”. Instead, he was taken to the Army Reserve Strategic Command Post.

Saman, a sensation!

Jan 01, 1999 / Saman Saman: A Novel
Saman is said to be merely the first part of Ayu Utami’s forthcoming novel, tentatively titled Laila tak mampir di New York (‘Laila didn’t call in New York’). Nevertheless, it is thoroughly worth considering in ...
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