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The most anticipated books of 2017

Another year, another bounty of books! To cover every book the Readings team is excited about would be impossible, but here is a sample of the books we are looking forward to in 2017. International fiction Several much-loved authors return after long breaks with new novels: Paul Auster’s 4 3 2 … [Read more...]

Putting some color into poetry

Renowned poet Sapardi Djoko Damono is now part of the coloring book-for-adults craze, thanks to the initiative of former students. Gramedia Pustaka Utama publishing company has re-released Sapardi’s legendary poetry collection Hujan Bulan Juni (Rain in June) with a set of black-and-white … [Read more...]

One novel; two very different versions

Andrea Hirata's novel "The Rainbow Troops" is the first Indonesian novel to become an international bestseller. Interestingly, the version available outside Indonesia is very different to the one familiar to Indonesian readers. Bettina David explores why. With a population of 240 million, … [Read more...]