Dec 06, 2019 Last Updated 11:46 PM, Dec 3, 2019

Literature

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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Bringing Indonesian literature to the world

Lontar Publishing’s John McGlynn speaks with Petia Dimitrova about the upcoming Frankfurt Book Fair 2015 at which Indonesia is the Guest of Honour nation and about the challenges of publishing Indonesian literature in translation

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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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Fiction: Pasung

Nov 22, 2019 - MAYESTICA DE JONG

/ Andrea Star Reese for Human Rights Watch

  His gaze is fixated on an indeterminate spot behind me, his arms hang loosely by his sides. Wearing nothing but a pair of faded black shorts, his ribs and collar...

Contraception at a crossroads

Nov 11, 2019 - LOUISA-ANNE BUWALDA

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Indonesia’s 50-year-old family planning program has been a great success but is struggling to adapt with women’s needs

Hunger and culture in West Papua

Oct 30, 2019 - SOPHIE CHAO

Indigenous Marind in rural Merauke have traditionally depended on the forest for their subsistence / Sophie Chao

Oil palm projects are causing hunger in Merauke, both literal and symbolic

Essay: Letter from Jakarta

Sep 29, 2019 - ABDUL SAMAD HAIDARI

Refugees protest in Makassar, February 2018 / Ali Froghi

Living in the midst of uncertainty

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