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    Triyanto Triwikromo

ISBN: 9786029144437

A Conspiracy of God-killers

by: Triyanto Triwikromo

The poetically-crafted stories found in this collection by Triyanto Triwikromo –the first by this writer in English translation, are leavened by sardonic wit, a touch of the absurd, and the bizarre in a world gone mad. A Conspiracy of God-Killers is not itself the title of any of the short stories in this collection but derives from a suggestion by Triyanto himself. And small wonder! The title embodies the dominant theme of these stories: that organized violence and persecution of the vulnerable amounts to a conspiracy against God.

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The poetically-crafted stories found in this collection by Triyanto Triwikromo –the first by this writer in English translation, are leavened by sardonic wit, a touch of the absurd, and the bizarre in a world gone mad. A Conspiracy of God-Killers is not itself the title of any of the short stories in this collection but derives from a suggestion by Triyanto himself. And small wonder! The title embodies the dominant theme of these stories: that organized violence and persecution of the vulnerable amounts to a conspiracy against God. ISBN: 9786029144437
Publish Date: 2015
Page Count: 226 pages

Triyanto Triwikromo was the winner of the 2009 Language Center Literary Award for the short story collection, Ular di Mangkuk Nabi (The Snake in the Prophet’s Bowl). Ten of his short stories in the Kompas Short Story Choice from 2003-2012 were published in book form as Celeng Satu Celeng Semua (One Wild Pig All Wild Pigs, Gramedia Pustaka Utama, 2013). His short story “Cahaya Sunyi Ibu” (Mother’s Quiet Light) was carried in the 2008 Golden Pen Literary Award for 20 Best Indonesian Short Stories. His most recent book is Surga Sungsang (Wrong Side Up Heaven), a novel published by Gramedia Pustaka Utama in 2014.

From 2012 to 2013, Triyanto was involved in implementing the citybooks program that was produced by deBuren, a renowned Belgian cultural organization. This program facilitated the translation of ten long poems of his about Semarang, the provincial capital of Central Java, into Dutch, English and French. His short stories have been also translated into Swedish and English.

Triyanto Triwikromo was born in Salatiga, Central Java, on September 15, 1964 and graduated from Diponegoro University in Semarang with a master’s degree in literature. He worked as a lecturer in Creative Writing at his alma mater and as managing editor at the daily newspaper Suara Merdeka. In addition to composing poetry (which, among others, was published in the bilingual edition Mud Purgatory in 2008), he has written collections of short stories.
Translator :George A. Fowler
George A Fowler lived and traveled widely in the Asia Pacific region for over thirty years, first as a Marine, then as a student of Chinese and Malay, and finally for twenty-three years as a commercial banker. He co-authored Pertamina: Indonesian National Oil and Java, A Garden Continuum while living in Indonesia in the early 1970s. George received a BA from St Michael’s College, the University of Toronto, in 1975, and a Master of Arts in International Studies (China Studies) from the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington in 2002. He has translated Marah Rusli’s classic Indonesian Malay novel Sitti Nurbaya: A Love Unrealized (Lontar, 2011), Old Town by Chinese writer Lin Zhe (Amazon Crossing, 2011), The Golden Road and Life Under Mao Zedong’s Rule by Hong Kong writer Zhang Da-Peng (CreateSpace, 2012 and 2013, respectively), The Rose of Cikembang, a popular novel of the late 1920s Netherlands East Indies by the Indonesian writer Kwee Tek Hoay (Lontar, 2013) and Ceremony by famed Dayak poet and novelist Korrie Layun Rampan (Lontar, 2014). George and his wife, Scholastica Auyong, currently live near Seattle, where he is a full-time freelance translator of Chinese, Indonesian, Malay, and Tagalog, and is finally learning Vietnamese.

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Dimensions 14.5 x 21.5 cm

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