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Seeking identity, seeking Indonesia

Seeking identity, seeking Indonesia

Pulang's author reflects on writing the stories of those unseen and unheard

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Review: Voices from the unheard

Review: Voices from the unheard

Leila S. Chudori’s novel Pulang is an important addition to a growing literature examining the events of 1965-66 and its aftermath

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Not that I don't love

Not that I don't love

This short story, written by an ex-political prisoner, has never been published in its original Indonesian version. We cannot disclose the author's real name or the various pseudonyms under which she has been publishing since her release.

A member of Gerwani, a women's organisation with alleged connections with the Indonesian Communist Party, banned since the so-­called coup of September 1965, the author seems to have started writing fiction only after her detention. The experience colours much of her writing.

Most of her short stories are about the down and out, the women whom poverty has driven to theft, begging and prostitution, the 'criminals' (or were they the victims?) with whom the author shared her prison cells.

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Reviews: Flipping the national story of 1965

Reviews: Flipping the national story of 1965

Recent ground-breaking publications, an internationally award-winning film and a major conference are opening up new truths about Indonesia’s past

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Review: At the scene of the crime

Review: At the scene of the crime

Essays, reflections and poetry on East Timor, 1999-2010

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West Java’s mini-fictions

West Java’s mini-fictions

Technology is opening up new possibilities for Sundanese literature

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Censorship makes a comeback

Censorship makes a comeback

Recent book bannings mark a return to the repressive practices of the New Order

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Driving under the New Order

Driving under the New Order

The tumultuous events of 1965 thwarted Liong Tjie Tjong’s writing aspirations

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W.S.Rendra (1935-2009)

W.S.Rendra (1935-2009)

The peacock is no more

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Demonstrating diversity

Demonstrating diversity

Photo-essay: Yogya’s community protests against the Pornography Bill

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Hot debates

Hot debates

A law on pornography still divides the community

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Writing for God

Writing for God

Piety and consumption in popular Islam

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A new artistic order?

A new artistic order?

The arts scene has changed radically since 1998, but some of the old uncertainties remain

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Where are you (not) from?

Where are you (not) from?

Sundanese have a habit of putting each other in their places

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Ten years of hoping and waiting

Ten years of hoping and waiting

A photo essay about families of the disappeared

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A world of reading

A world of reading

Local writers help combat illiteracy in rural Banten

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Teaching and remembering

Teaching and remembering

The legacy of the Suharto era lingers in school history books

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Ubud writers festival

New Indonesian writers receive international exposure.

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He wept for Indonesia

Pramoedya the writer was also an historian who loved his country.

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