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Kudos to two Indonesian writers who recently won international awards. Eka Kurniawan, author of Beauty is a Wound and Man Tiger, was awarded the Prince Clause Prize for achievement in literature last December, and Intan Paramaditha, author of Spinner of Darkness & Other Tales as well as Apple and Knife (both published by Lontar), was
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Gotong-royong, the Indonesian term for working on a mutually beneficial endeavor, is one that is often bandied about by Indonesian politicians but, too rarely seen in actual practice today. Nonetheless, it reminds me of the “Pitcher Principle.” The oak shelf above the tableware cabinet in the dining room of my childhood home is where my
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Book review by Mirren Strahan   Like Death Approaching & other poems is a very intimate, lyrical collection of poetry. Acep creates very romantic narratives and entwines notions of silence, cyclicity, the natural world and interactions with people. These interactions are usually between the poet and another person dwindling in the place the poem has
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Self-reliance is an admirable goal and, having been raised in a family of ten children on a small farm where cash-income was minimal and self-reliance and sufficiency were not just admirable but a necessity, I sometimes feel ashamed of myself for my current dependence on others, not just for the material trappings of life—the house,
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A new year and a new page in which to commit to our new resolutions. And we have many, given the rapid changes that have been taking place globally and in Indonesia. But, for a start, let’s look at the state of the book industry. According to the International Publishers Association (IPA), during the past
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  Book review by Mirren Strahan                             Afrizal Malna’s Anxiety Myths is a collection of poetry that defamiliarizes the reader into a purgatory state of being. He incorporates familiar cultural images and objects of Indonesia and displaces them into a parallel world.
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