Jan 21, 2017 Last Updated 1:38 AM, Jan 19, 2017

Fiction & Essays

Essay: Redefining Indonesia

Almost twenty years after reformasi, journalist and novelist Leila S. Chudori ponders on the successes and failures of this historic period for Indonesia

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In Memoriam & Ten weeks in Bali, Java, Singapore and Sumatra, December 1981 - March 1982

Many older readers of Inside Indonesia will remember John Barnard, who died earlier this year in Melbourne after a brief illness. John, who worked as a technician in the science laboratory at Monash University, was a regular attendee at the regular Centre for Southeast Asian Studies seminars where he loved to meet up with old friends and make new ones. A shy retiring person and a bachelor all his life, visiting Indonesia was always a significant annual event for him as his travel diary clearly shows. 

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Review: Man Tiger strikes!

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Longlisted for the prestigious Man Booker International Prize Eka Kurniawan’s novel signals the birth of a sophisticated crime noir genre in Indonesian literature

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The Crocodile Hole

Indonesia, beginning of the 1980s. The young journalist Tommy comes into contact with the survivors of the genocide that the New Order regime of General Suharto carried out. To her bewilderment she hears stories about lurid dancing, castrations and the murder by young girls of a number of generals in the night of October 1 1965.  Guided by Ibu Sri, herself a former prisoner and a member of the women’s organisation that was held responsible for these alleged sexual and sadistic perversions she sets herself the task to unravel these fantasies.  Who invented these hateful lies which were meant to incite mass organizations to murder possibly one million of their neighbors?  Tommy is betrayed and thrown into prison. 

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Freedom

Putu Wijaya.   Image courtesy of Lontar Publishing

Arguably Indonesia's finest living writer of fiction, Putu Wijaya reflects on Indonesia's nationhood in his short story, 'Freedom'.

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What are your true colours?: A conversation

A brief conversation between strangers provokes thoughts on Australia–Indonesia relations

Essays and Fiction is a new series of writing in Inside Indonesia that aims to give voice to more personal stories about Indonesia. We welcome submissions in the form of reflective pieces, fiction, artwork, or essays about travel and fieldwork experiences.
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Latest Articles

Safe water at a premium

Jan 16, 2017 - RA Koesoemo Roekmi

Home-delivered gallons of drinking water. (Credit: Ikhlasul Amal)

The UN’s claim that 87 per cent of Indonesians have access to safe drinking water seems exaggerated

In the name of food security

Jan 09, 2017 - Emirza Adi Syailendra

A banner in front of a military outpost in Langkahan village, North Aceh. The banner reads ‘Together with the people the TNI will be stronger’. Emirza Adi Syailendra

The army’s over-immersion in civilian affairs is being encouraged by its role in food security projects

Vale George Aditjondro

Dec 21, 2016 - Garry Rodan

Academic, activist and human rights defender, George Aditjondro will be sadly missed

Essay: ‘Harvard’ and ‘Cambridge’ at your doorstep

Dec 20, 2016 - Duncan Graham

Welcome to Kampoeng Inggris, Pare, East Java. (Credit: Erlinawati Graham)

Pare’s English language school grew out of a tutoring job and is now attracting thousands

Review: Recounting the revolution

Dec 12, 2016 - Kevin W Fogg

Two recently republished memoirs illustrate the divergence of experiences during the Indonesian Revolution

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  • In the name of food security
    Anthony - 18 Jan
    Back in 1984, Indonesia was able to produce 25.8 tons of rice and was regarded by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) as a success story. ... I ...
     
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    Bapak: sentiments like these are reminiscent of the authoritarian New Order period (1966–1998) when the Indonesian military.
     
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    Thank you for the review of Revolution in the City of Heroes (title, Student Soldiers, in Indonesia). A reminder: this was a diary, not an academic ...

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