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People from Bloomington: A Short Story Collection from Indonesia

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People from Bloomington

Written by Alex Chambers, originally published in Inner States

Apr 28, 2022

The Indonesian writer Budi Darma came to Bloomington, in 1974. Like so many people who come to Bloomington, he was here for school. He was already an established literary figure in Indonesia, as a writer of absurdist short stories. He came here to get a Master’s degree in creative writing, then a PhD in literature. His dissertation was on Jane Austen, if you’re curious about that kind of thing. But more importantly for our purposes: while he was here, he started writing stories inspired by the people around him. He finished the stories in Europe, on his way back to Indonesia, and he published it in 1980. It was called - fittingly - People from Bloomington.

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