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BTW Series #2 Launched at Makassar International Writers Festival 2019 Through the Lontar Foundation’s BTW imprint, Lontar is now introducing to the world Indonesian authors whose works are little known abroad but deemed by Lontar editors to be worthy of international attention. This year, prior to the London Book Fair at which Indonesia was Market
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At a recent discussion in Jakarta, novelist Ahmad Tohari lamented the poor standard of reading literacy among young Indonesians today. Author of The Dancer (which was published by Lontar as part of its Modern Library of Indonesia series), Tohari focused his attention on the reading habits of elementary school children but, sadly, this applies to older
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At the end of watching a feature film, it forever amazes me how many people are included in the film’s end credits. First there are the ATL (above-the-line) individuals who are accorded stand-alone credits; then, the numerous people in the production and post-production departments; and, finally, song credits, caterers and so on. I’ve often thought
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The month of May ended with a bang, literally speaking.  Protests in the aftermath of the final official vote-count were expected, given the previous strident objections from followers of  losing Prab owo Subianto,  but the violence at the end was shockingly unexpected.  Yet, for many Indonesians, it was just another hurdle in the long journey
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Lontar’s Wayang Documentation to be Archived In addition to translating and publishing Indonesian literary titles, “documentation” is also part of Lontar’s work which is why, several years ago, Lontar produced its “Wayang Educational Package,” which includes 7 books and 6 films. This month, Lontar signed an agreement with the Central Wayang Archives (CWA) of the
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The word “conscientious” come from the Latin verb conscire, meaning “to be conscious” or, more specifically, “to be conscious of guilt.” A conscientious person is one who shows a strict regard for what is morally right. But who determines what is morally right? Last week, in the mayhem following the General Election Commission’s declaration of
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