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    Nh. Dini

ISBN: 9786029144093

Departures

by: Nh. Dini

As a flight attendant for the new Indonesian Airlines, Elisa is determined to establish her independence and find a place where she really belongs. With a troubled family background and almost no knowledge of her ancestors, Elisa is searching for her true identity. The search for her true father proves to be heartbreaking and Elisa grows to hope that her marriage to a handsome Javanese man she fell deeply in love with will give her a sense of belonging ad stability. In this novel, Elisa learns what it means to be a young woman finding her way in the troubled early years of Indonesia’s independence.

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As a flight attendant for the new Indonesian Airlines, Elisa is determined to establish her independence and find a place where she really belongs. With a troubled family background and almost no knowledge of her ancestors, Elisa is searching for her true identity. The search for her true father proves to be heartbreaking and Elisa grows to hope that her marriage to a handsome Javanese man she fell deeply in love with will give her a sense of belonging ad stability. In this novel, Elisa learns what it means to be a young woman finding her way in the troubled early years of Indonesia’s independence.

ISBN: 9786029144093
Publish Date: 2014
Page Count: 186 pages

Nh. Dini, the pen name of Nurhayati Srihardini Siti Nukatin, was born in Semarang, Central Java, in 1936 and showed early literary promise at fifteen years of age when her poems were read on national radio. In 1956 she moved to Jakarta to train as a Garuda Indonesia Airways flight attendant, and it was here she began to move in literary circles. She soon published a small collection of stories called Dua Dunia (Two Worlds). In 1960 she married Yves Coffin, French consul to Kobe, Japan; and her subsequent works reflect the influence of her years living abroad in Japan, France, and the United States—for instance, the novels Namaku Hiroko (My Name is Hiroko), La Barka, and Pada Sebuah Kapal (On a Ship). Her novels, all narrated by a female protagonist, deal with her own culture and its conventions, especially gender relations, and female sexuality. Dini separated from her husband in 1977 and they divorced in 1984. Thereafter, in 1985, she reclaimed her Indonesian nationality and returned to Indonesia to live. For many years, she operated a non-profit agency devoted to juvenile literacy. Nh. Dini is one of Indonesia’s most prolific authors, with many novels, autobiographical works, and short story collections to her name. In 2003 she was awarded the SEA Write Award (Southeast Asian Writers Award).

Translator :Toni Pollard
Toni Pollard has been a teacher of Indonesian in Australia for over 45 years, both at high school and university level. A NAATI qualified translator of Indonesian to English since 1993 with considerable experience in translation across many fields, she took up literary translation after her retirement from the University of Western Sydney at the end of 2004. Her previous translations include three novels, Above the Day, Below the Night by Putu Oka Sukanta, Mirah of Banda by Hanna Rambe and Departures by Nh Dini. Since 2008 she has translated many short stories, articles and essays for the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival’s bilingual publication of the works of young Indonesian writers attending the annual event.

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