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‘The sound to my voice’: Norman Erikson Pasaribu on translator Tiffany Tsao

Sergius Seeks Bacchus author Norman Erikson Pasaribu is on a mission to bring translator Tiffany Tsao to London. Norman was among 12 writers selected to attend the 2019 London Book Fair, to be held at Olympia on March 12 to 14, to promote Indonesian books abroad. Indonesia was named the Market Focus … [Read more...]

Grim romance: Eka Kurniawan on ill-fated characters and writing what he knows

Having originally been written in Indonesian, Sumur was first published in September of 2020 in English as The Well, as a part of the Penguin Books’ anthology Tales of Two Planets. Its Indonesian version has now been released in Indonesia, via publisher PT Gramedia Pustaka Utama. The novella is … [Read more...]

Journalist turns tales of undercover reporting, love in Papua into novel

A Dutch freelance journalist, Rohan (a pen name), had been interested in the political turmoil in Papua for years. In 2015, his application for a journalistic visa was denied. The 32-year-old then decided to embark on an undercover reporting assignment in the country’s easternmost province. For … [Read more...]

Leader of the flak

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 … [Read more...]

Why you should read Indonesia’s “The Earth of Mankind”

“In January 2014 Joshua Oppenheimer’s film on Indonesia, The Act of Killing, was nominated for an academy award, reflecting its penetration into mainstream film watching. Many people will be introduced to Indonesia by this vivid study of the country’s ruling lumpen elite. Another, very different, … [Read more...]