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Discovering Indonesian-Dutch connection through poetry

Robin Block and Angelina Enny have co-written a poetry collection about shared Dutch-Indonesian history. Before the Dutch colonial era ended in the 1940s, Indonesians and Dutch settlers lived alongside each other for hundreds of years. Yet how much do Indonesians and Dutch people really know about … [Read more...]

Soul: Fun with books

Fostering a love of learning through reading books from an early age is a tough task, but some teachers in Bali have made a breakthrough in showing children that reading can be fun. With a belief that learning is the very key to ensuring a child'€™s success in school and life, these teachers have … [Read more...]

Gunawan Maryanto launches new poetry collection

Director, actor and writer Gunawan Maryanto launched his latest poetry collection Sakuntala in Yogyakarta on Sept. 5. Consisting of 70 untitled short poems, the collection depicts the story of Sakuntala, the wife of King Dusyanta in the Mahabarata era to describe Gunawan's thoughts and … [Read more...]

Rain Chudori Explores Love and Loneliness in New Book

Young Indonesian poet and writer Rain Chudori launched a compilation of her short stories "Monsoon Tiger and Other Stories" in Jakarta on Saturday. Published by Gramedia, the book consists of eight short stories written over the course of her life, beginning when she was just 14 years old. … [Read more...]

Indonesian tale of love, war and independence debuts at Florey’s

“Sulis is a young woman selling potions in Surabaya’s harbor district,” reads the jacket synopsis of Lan Fang’s “Potions and Paper Cranes.” “She meets Sujono, a coolie with dreams of becoming a freedom fighter and whose passion for Matsumi, a geisha called to Java by a Japanese general, is destined … [Read more...]