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    Mochtar Lubis

ISBN: 978-602-9144-06-2

A Road with No End

by: Mochtar Lubis

Set in Jakarta during the Indonesian revolution, A Road With No End asks the question, “What must we do to free ourselves from fear?” The novel’s two principal characters, Isa and Hazil, are put to the test by the times. Isa is timid and submissive by temperament; Hazil, on the other hand, appears to harbor no doubts and does not know physical fear. But by the end of the novel, when the two are in the hands of Dutch Security, their personalities and how they react to incarceration produce markedly different responses.

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Set in Jakarta during the Indonesian revolution, A Road With No End asks the question, “What must we do to free ourselves from fear?” The novel’s two principal characters, Isa and Hazil, are put to the test by the times. Isa is timid and submissive by temperament; Hazil, on the other hand, appears to harbor no doubts and does not know physical fear. But by the end of the novel, when the two are in the hands of Dutch Security, their personalities and how they react to incarceration produce markedly different responses. ISBN: 978-602-9144-06-2
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Page Count: 148 pages
Mochtar Lubis (Padang, West Sumatra, March 7, 1922–Jakarta, July 2, 2004) wrote short stories, novels, essays and journalism. He also painted. He was one of the founders of Antara news agency; he founded Indonesia Raya daily newspaper and the literary magazine Horison. He was the President of the Press Foundation of Asia, a member of the board of directors of the International Association for Cultural Freedom and a member of the World Futures Studies Federation. He also founded the book publisher Obor Indonesia Foundation. His novels are Jalan Tak Ada Ujung (1952), Tanah Gersang (1966), Senja di Jakarta (1970), Harimau! Harimau! (1975) and Maut dan Cinta (1977); his collections of short stories are Perempuan (1956), Kuli Kontrak (1982) and Bromocorah (1983). The journal entries that he wrote when he was imprisoned by the Sukarno government were compiled and published in Catatan Subversif (1980); the texts of his lectures at Taman Ismail Marzuki in 1977 were published in Manusia Indonesia. He received several awards for art and literature, including an award from Kisah magazine for the short story “Musim Gugur” (1953); the National Literature Award from Consultative Council on the National Culture (BMKN, 1955–1956) for Perempuan; the Magsaysay Award from the Philippines (1966); an award from the Buku Utama Foundationa for the novel Harimau! Harimau! (1975); the Jaya Raya Foundation Award for Literature for the novel Maut dan Cinta (1979); and the Chairil Anwar Award for Literature (1992).
Translator :Anthony H Johns
Anthony H. (Tony) Johns, born in the UK in 1928, is Emeritus Professor at the Australian National University, and Adjunct Professor at the Australian Catholic University. His introduction to the Indonesian-Malay language was in British Army service 1946–1949. He graduated in Malay and Arabic in 1952, with a PhD on Malay Sufism in 1954. He worked and studied in Indonesia between 1954 and 1958, after which he moved to Australia. In 1963 he was appointed Foundation Professor of Indonesian Languages and Literature at the Australian National University. In 1971 he was elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. From 1975 the focus of his work shifted back to the field of his PhD thesis, the scriptural and mystical dimensions of Islam. He has published on The Development of Qur’an Exegesis in Indonesia, on Qur’anic Studies, on Islamism, and Christian–Muslim relations. He retired at the end of 1993, and was appointed Emeritus. In 2015, he was among three foreigners awarded a “Certificate of Appreciation” (Piagam Penghargaan) by the Minister of Education and Culture for the study of Indonesian Culture. He is currently Visiting Fellow at the Department of Political and Social Change of the Australian National University. The present re-translation of Jalan Tak Ada Ujung is a re-visiting in old age of an earlier interest, prompted by a re-awakening of memories of Mochtar Lubis, a personal friend of many years ago.

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Dimensions 14 x 21.6 cm