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Art as a Medium of Resistance

The tropical ‘attitude’ that brings together two regions in rejection of European colonialism With over 200 works on display, spanning the course of a stuttering twentieth-century modernity, this is something of a sprawling exhibition. Like its subject: the territories that span the eastern and … [Read more...]

IndoLit Club Sydney: Translation Forum

I am hopelessly behind with reviews and everything else, but the opportunity came up to attend a translation forum this morning so I jettisoned #SituationNormal… The IndoLit Club Sydney is an online book group which meets with Zoom, and (thanks to Twitter) I was able to attend their forum on … [Read more...]

Laksmi Pamuntjak: Shines through with ‘Fall Baby’

The audience listened attentively when Laksmi Pamuntjak, dressed in a traditional kebaya, began to read a passage of her new novel in her mother tongue, Indonesian. Only a few among the people who had come to the premiere reading of Laksmi’s new novel Fall Baby could understand the words, but … [Read more...]

Indonesia born publisher discusses the infamous Mata Hari at Florey’s

Born in Jakarta, Indonesia, then a Dutch colony known as the Netherlands East Indies, Lian Gouw has been a prolific writer since 1991. Her short stories and poems have appeared in such print media as Quietus Magazine, Writing for our Lives, Voices and Visions, and Reflections. Her debut novel, “Only … [Read more...]

Aruna the Birdwoman and Her Sophisticated Palate

News broke out two months ago that Palari Films was cooking up an adaptation of Laksmi Pamuntjak’s foodie novel, "Aruna dan Lidahnya," or "The Birdwoman’s Palate." The Jakarta Globe managed to pin down the constantly mobile Laksmi on Friday (20/07) at Aksara Kemang, the newly relaunched hipster … [Read more...]