Freedom! Freedom!: Women and Politics in Indonesian Literature

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About Goenawan Mohamad, Laksmi Pamuntjak, Leila S. Chudori, Mochtar Lubis, Oka Rusmini, Pramoedya Ananta Toer, Siti Rukiah Kertapati,
Written by Hana Oktavia Anandira, and was originally published in Res Publica,
Aug 15, 2021


The 17th of August marks the day Indonesia rose to its knees.

It’s natural then as if by automation, to think of Ir. Soekarno reading the proclamation aloud with charisma that lives on.

It’s easy too, to think about a history so nuanced: the story of a quasi-socialist nation, bloody massacres whose aftermath remains unstudied, the rise and fall of ideology, the erasure of names; of people; of land; of narratives.

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