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Jakarta Globe


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The Jakarta Globe brings our readers unrivaled, authoritative reporting and writing in English on Indonesia, Asia and the wider world. We publish six days a week and, since our launch in November 2008, we have grown to be Indonesia’s most-read English-language newspaper. Our website complements the newspaper with the latest stories, a daily e-mail newsletter, breaking news around the clock and a searchable archive of stories.

Writer Coverage(s)

Writer Leila Chudori Launches Literary Podcast - Sep 07, 2019
Relax, It’s Just Religion: Feby Indirani’s ‘Magical Islamism’ - Oct 17, 2018
Eka Kurniawan Talks ‘Cantik Itu Luka’ and His Favorite Books About Indonesia - Sep 07, 2018
Max Lane on How Not to Get Lost in Translating Pramoedya Ananta Toer - May 18, 2018
Rebel With a Cause: How Chairil Anwar’s Disgust for Establishment Takes Indonesian Poetry to Next Level - May 09, 2018
S. Rukiah Kertapati, Forgotten Woman Writer of the Indonesian Revolution - Mar 15, 2018
Famous Author Cuts Publisher Deal, Unveils Unfair Tax Structure for Writers - Sep 07, 2017
Putu Oka Sukanta Hopes New Book Will Reveal Truth Behind 1965 Tragedy - Apr 27, 2017
Time is Transient, Sapardi’s Poems Are Eternal - Mar 23, 2017
Eka Kurniawan Short Story Inspires Harry Dagoe’s Latest Film ‘Sunya’ - Dec 01, 2016
Aan Mansyur About His Involvement in ‘AADC’ Sequel, New Poetry Collection - Apr 20, 2016
Author Eka Kurniawan in the Running for Man Booker International Prize - Mar 10, 2016
A Minute With: Rain Chudori on Being a Female Writer - Dec 21, 2015
Eka Kurniawan Lights Up Indonesian Corner of World Literature Scene - Sep 17, 2015
Voicing Indonesia’s Silence on 1965 in The Hague - Jun 07, 2015
Ika Natassa: From Boardroom to Bookshop - May 14, 2015
No Hiatus for One Talented Young Indonesian Writer - Dec 31, 2014
Indonesia’s Literary Legions Prep for Next Year’s Frankfurt Book Fair - Dec 02, 2014
Dewi Lestari to Fly the Flag at World’s Biggest Book Festival - Sep 24, 2014
Agustinus Wibowo: Learning By Traveling - Nov 28, 2013
My Jakarta: Okky Madasari, Best-Selling Novelist - Jun 15, 2013
My Jakarta: Khairani ‘Okka’ Barokka, Writer-Performer - Jul 13, 2012
Giving West Papua Its Own Voice - Oct 09, 2011
Author Ahmad Fuadi is Living the Dream - Sep 20, 2011
Dewi ‘Dee’ Lestari Finds Her Freedom - Jul 25, 2011
Indonesian Novelist Spreads Her Youthful Wings - Oct 18, 2010
My Jakarta: Clara Ng, Writer - Jul 11, 2010
My Jakarta: Hendri Yulius Wijaya, Male Feminist, Author - Jun 17, 2010
My Jakarta: Bre Redana, Kompas Sunday Editor - Sep 04, 2009
Obituary: Farewell WS Rendra, Poet, Playwright and Father of Indonesian Theater - Aug 07, 2009


The Problem With Promoting Indonesian Literature Abroad?: A Simplistic White Gaze - Mar 05, 2019
Is Indonesian Literature Written in English Still Indonesian Literature? - Apr 12, 2018
Outstanding Indonesian Women - Mar 01, 2018
Latin America Under Spotlight at Salihara’s Literature and Ideas Festival - Sep 20, 2017
Ubud Writers and Readers Festival Set to Return With Over 150 Speakers - Sep 11, 2017
DKJ Literary Criticism Competition Sees Decline in Quality, Entries - Sep 05, 2017
Indonesia International Book Fair to Hit Jakarta This September - Aug 24, 2017
Writers in Spotlight at ‘Kenduri Kata’ Gathering - Jan 26, 2016
An Evening With Women in Modern Literature - Nov 06, 2015
Come October, Celebrating Literature’s Best and Brightest in Ubud - Sep 10, 2015
Makassar Festival Seeks to Promote Eastern Indonesian Writers - Jun 09, 2015
Southeast Asia’s Brightest Voices to Flock to Jakarta - Mar 10, 2015
The Murmuring of Young Writers - Feb 16, 2015
A Look Into Makassar’s Literary Culture - May 26, 2014
Unlocking Indonesia Through An Exploration of Its Literature - Mar 10, 2013
Understanding Obsession With Women’s Body Through Performing Arts - Apr 25, 2012
Thugs, Dancers and Ojek Drivers: ‘Goyang Penasaran’ is Theater With a Twist - Apr 18, 2012
Found in Translation: Putting Indonesian Novels on the Map - May 20, 2011
Why Aren’t More Indonesian Literary Works Published Abroad? - Jan 17, 2009
Lost In Translation? - Dec 30, 2008

Book Review(s)

Everything You Always Wanted to Happen in the Bumi Manusia Film* (*but Were Afraid to Ask) - Aug 09, 2019
Wregas Bhanuteja to Adapt Eka Kurniawan’s Short Story Into Film - Sep 19, 2018
Reading Indonesia: 30 Books That Will Help You Understand the Southeast Asian Giant - Sep 06, 2018
Laksmi Pamuntjak’s ‘Amba’ Sequel to Be Published in Germany - Jul 27, 2018
Aruna the Birdwoman and Her Sophisticated Palate - Jul 26, 2018
Words From a Bullet: Disappeared Poet’s Daughter Digs Deep Into Family Memory for New Poetry Book - Jun 11, 2018
Filmmaker and Novelist Richard Oh to Helm Movie Adaptation of Pramoedya Ananta Toer’s ‘The Fugitive’ - May 17, 2018
‘Fierce and Unconventional’ Intan Paramaditha Signs UK, Commonwealth Book Deals - Mar 23, 2018
‘Gentayangan’ Takes Readers on Adventures to Question Identity and Belonging - Jan 08, 2018
Eka Kurniawan Celebrates 15 Years of ‘Cantik Itu Luka’ With New Cover - Dec 21, 2017
Leila Chudori’s New Novel Speaks About Missing 1998 Activists - Dec 18, 2017
New Poetry Book ‘Contact Light’ Connects Human Experience With Science, Outer Space - Oct 24, 2017
Joko Pinurbo’s New Poetry Book Highlights Creative Process, Religious Issues - Aug 14, 2017
‘Non-Spesifik’: Anya Rompas’ New Book Delves Into Poet’s Volatile Mind - Aug 03, 2017
Director Hanung Bramantyo Inspired by Classic Indonesian Literature in ‘Kartini’ - Apr 07, 2017
Adinia Wirasti, Reza Rahadian Reunite as Couple in ‘Critical Eleven’ - Dec 16, 2016
Writer Herry Gendut Janarto Dives Into Poetry With Humor - Oct 28, 2016
Writer Expresses Emotions Through Poems, Typographies in New Book - Oct 14, 2016
Gramedia Reprints Stories by Seno Gumira Ajidarma in New Book - Feb 15, 2016
Rain Chudori Explores Love and Loneliness in New Book - Dec 21, 2015
‘Beats Apart’ Brings the Blog to the Bookstore - Oct 14, 2015
Author Laksmi Pamuntjak Recounts Culinary Spice of Life - Nov 27, 2014
Novel ‘Pulang’ Asks Tough Questions of Indonesia - Dec 18, 2012
Lost Love in ‘Amba’ Never Truly Dies - Oct 24, 2012

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