In Other Words review: Goenawan Mohamad and the essence of Indonesia

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About In Other Words: Forty Years of Essays,
Written by John Schauble, and was originally published in The Sydney Morning Herald,
Aug 26, 2016

The meaning of nation is never far from Goenawan Mohamad’s thoughts. It infiltrates even his most personal reflections. “Sometimes I wonder what could possibly have crossed my father’s mind in the few moments before he was executed,” begins one essay in this collection. “Sometimes I imagine that the name ‘Indonesia’ was on his lips, or ‘Indonesian independence’, but of course this imagined image is a cliche …”

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