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Agustinus Wibowo


A travel writer whose travel experiences have taken him through Asia to the Middle East. He is fascinated by cultures and traditions and is curious about how the world works as one when it is constantly divided by history and culture. He prefers to travel overland when he can and once entered Tibet illegally by pretending to be a Chinese citizen. He also volunteered to help victims of a natural disaster in Kashmir, before deciding on a career in photojournalism and taking on an assignment in war-torn Afghanistan.

His first book, considered a masterpiece by many, was “Selimut Debu“ (A Blanket of Dust) and chronicles his journey in Afghanistan. It was followed by “Garis Batas” (Borderlines: A Journey Through Central Asia), which examines issues of borderlines across ex-Soviet republics, including psychological borders and the search for national identity.

Most recently, in “Titik Nol” (Point Zero), he has pioneered a new genre in Indonesian travel literature by allowing readers to experience the writer’s physical, spiritual and emotional journey as they contemplate their own conflicts and anxieties. As Agustinus recounts his final hours with his dying mother, and honours her journey toward the afterlife, the reader is given time for personal reflection. Parallel storylines between mother and son provide unusual insights.

Agustinus Wibowo’s contemplative approach toward other cultures and peoples has gained him a large following among readers and fellow writers. He has also set the a standard on what it means to be a travel writer in Indonesia.1

Currently, Zero is being adapted into a film, and he is working on a nonfiction book on nationalism in the Malay Archipelago.

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In the Headlines

Talking with Agustinus Wibowo: Syncretic Indonesia

Personal Blog / What Media Says
May 25, 2022

A New World, A New Self

Asia Center / Translations
Jan 18, 2022

Agustinus Wibowo: Making peace with identities

Jakarta Post / What Media Says
Jul 17, 2017


Jakarta Globe / What Media Says
Nov 28, 2013


National Geographic / What Media Says
Nov 12, 2013


Others / What Media Says
Nov 07, 2011

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