Apr 19, 2019 Last Updated 7:31 AM, Apr 18, 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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Timotius and Freeport

Apr 17, 2019 - JEREMY MULHOLLAND & ABDUL FICKAR HADJAR

Timotius Kambu  / Tempo

Elite politics and Freeport Indonesia’s non-compliance continue to deny Timotius Kambu his owed wages

Review: Landscape of the soul

Apr 01, 2019 - RON WITTON

Landscape of the Soul III (WWII) 2016. Frances Larder.

An exhibition of wall-hangings and mixed-media depicts the experiences of European Dutch and Eurasian people in Indonesia during the Japanese Occupation, the Revolution and after

Review: Revisiting the colonial wars

Apr 01, 2019 - JOOST COTE

Review: Short Film 'KTP'

Mar 17, 2019 - AVERY MORROW

'KTP', 2016

A census worker’s village visit reveals the absurdities of identity card data

Adolescent pregnancy in Manggarai

Feb 27, 2019 - AGHNIA JOLANDA PUTRI & ARTRICIA MARINA RASYID

Author carries out a prenatal check-up with a pregnant adolescent at Cancar / Artricia Marina Rasyid

Premarital sex must be acknowledged as unavoidable, to end a vicious cycle of lost potential

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