Greetings from the Executive Director

No other episode in the history of modern Indonesia evokes so much sentiment as the annual commemoration of Independence Day on August 17. That was the day in 1945 when the nation’s founders declared our freedom from 300 years of Dutch colonial rule. However, it took four more years before the new republic of Indonesia achieved de jure recognition by the world at large… Read More >>>

Ruminations: A Taste of Betel and Lime

I didn’t realize it at the time but, in 1980 when the Pustaka Jaya publishing house of Jakarta released the bilingual collection of women’s poetry, A Taste of Betel and Lime (Seserpih Pinang Sepucuk Sirih), this was a historic moment for Indonesian women authors. No such a book had ever been published before. The book, sponsored by Nelly Malik (wife of Adam Malik, who was vice president at the time) and illustrated with work by nine prominent women artists … Read More >>>

Author of the Month: Putu Oka Sukanta

Putu Oka Sukanta (Singaraja, Bali, July 29, 1939) writes poetry, short stories, novels, essays and children’s stories. He is also known as a healer, specifically with acupuncture. Because he was active with Lekra (Lembaga Kebudayaan Rakyat; Institute for People’s Culture), the arts organization associated with the Indonesian Communist Party, he was imprisoned by the New Order government for ten years (1966–1976). His novels include Kelakar Air (1999), Merajut Harkat (2000) and Istana Jiwa (2012)… Read More >>>

Book of the month

Lies, Loss, and Longing

By Putu Oka Sukanta

Translated by Ven Cork, Leslie Dwyer

Rp. 150,000

The Starling Si Jalak

By Putu Oka Sukanta

Translated by Keith Foulcher

Rp. 150,000

July Activities at Lontar

Profile of Indonesian Writers

Documenting the profiles of Indonesian writers has been a major part of our efforts to promote Indonesian literature both in-country and overseas.  In celebrating Lontar’s 30th year anniversary, we continue with our On-the Record (OTR) series, video presentations of current top Indonesian authors.

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Ruang Perempuan dan Tulisan (Women’s Space and Writings)

Rukiah and Suwarsih Djojopuspito are two writers whose works and lives were the topics of discussion at two sessions of our Women’s Space and Writings program.  Held every Saturday at Lontar, young Indonesian writers review the writings of 10 deceased authors. This program is sponsored by Cipta Media Eksresi and will take place until early October this year. Gallery >>>

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