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Hello says the mountain

In the opening pages of Isna Marifa’s debut novel, Sapaan Sang Giri, a young Javanese girl awakes to the sound of her father’s voice intruding on her dreams. ‘Come, my girl, get up!’ he calls. ‘Come and see. The ship’s coming into port.’ The year is 1751, and father and daughter have been at sea for … [Read more...]

Book Review: The Good, the Bad, and the Aunties by Jesse Q. Sutanto

In bestselling author Jesse Q. Sutanto's The Good, the Bad, and the Aunties, the third installment in the Aunties series, a celebration descends into chaos when foes crash the party. Newlywed Meddy Chan is looking forward to jetting straight from her European honeymoon with her beloved husband … [Read more...]

Exploring Depth and Identity: Insightful Analysis of Joko Pinurbo’s ‘Celana’ Poem

In a world where education often focuses on superficial aspects, Joko Pinurbo’s “Celana 2” stands out as a captivating work that explores deeper human complexities. This poem reveals societal norms, human nature, and the education system’s overlooked aspects through its unassuming title “Celan 2”, … [Read more...]

Monsoon Tiger and Other Stories by Rain Chudori

Monsoon Tiger and Other Stories (2015) by Rain Chudori contains eight short stories – or nine, if you manage to get your hands on the Indonesian translation – painted in colours of melancholia, the shades blurring the lines between reality and fantasy, anger and resignation, as well as actual … [Read more...]

About Us by Reda Gaudiamo

From local publisher The Emma Press comes their latest translated publication: About Us by Reda Gaudiamo, translated by Ikhda Ayunning Maharsi Degoul and Philippa Barker. Gaudiamo is a writer and musician from Jakarta, Indonesia, and About Us collects stories originally published in Indonesia from … [Read more...]