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    Iwan Simatupang

ISBN: 9789798083860

Drought

by: Iwan Simatupang

Drought is a celebration of life and human commitment. The hero decides to move to one of Indonesia’s outer islands, in a government-run program called “transmigration”, to start a new life as a farmer. His near-failed effort takes him to meet various inspired madmen—bureaucrats, bandits, psychiatrists, religious teachers, and a beautiful woman known only as the V.I.P. The combination of these characters will make us question what is considered “normal” in a conventional society. The book is a lyrical testimony of the strength and unpredictability of human character.

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Drought is a celebration of life and human commitment. The hero decides to move to one of Indonesia’s outer islands, in a government-run program called “transmigration”, to start a new life as a farmer. His near-failed effort takes him to meet various inspired madmen---bureaucrats, bandits, psychiatrists, religious teachers, and a beautiful woman known only as the V.I.P. The combination of these characters will make us question what is considered “normal” in a conventional society. The book is a lyrical testimony of the strength and unpredictability of human character. ISBN: 9789798083860
Publish Date: 2012
Page Count: 176 pages
January 1928
Iwan Martua Dongan Simatupang was born in January of 1928 in Sibolga, North Sumatra. He took part in the 1945 to 1949 Indonesian Revolution against the Dutch, and was captured in March 1949. After the Revolution, he first studied medicine in Surabaya. Then he studied anthropology and drama at Leiden University in the Netherlands. Finally he studied philosophy at the Sorbornne in Paris. He returned to Indonesia in 1961, married to a Dutch pianist. Shortly after his return, he completed work on The Pilgrim (Ziarah), which was not published until 1969, and two other novels as well: Merahnya Merah (The Redness of Red), published earlier, in 1968; and Kering (Drought), published in 1972. Redness of Redwon a national literary prize in 1970 and The Pilgrim won an award for the best novel of ASEAN in 1977. In addition to prose, Simatupang wrote poetry, short stories, and plays—all known for their avant garde form. He also worked as a journalist and his columns were known for their frequent focus on Indonesia’s marginalized citizens. He died on August 4, 1970
Translator :Harry Aveling
Harry Aveling has translated extensively from Indonesian and Malay literature. His recent works include Morphology of Desire and Saint Rosa (winner of the Katulistiwa Literary Award for Poetry 2005-6) by Dorothea Rosa Herliany; A History of Classical Malay Literature by Liaw Yock Fang (translated with Razif Bahari); and 100 Selected Poems by Cecep Syamsul Hari (with Dewi Candraningrum). In 2002, Linda Owens and Harry Aveling translated Joko Pinurbo’s Trouser Doll, Selected Poems 1989-1998, winner of the 2001 Lontar Literary Award for Poetry. He was Visiting Professor of English in Creative Writing at the University of Maryland during the Fall Semester 2014.

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Dimensions 14.5 x 21.5 cm

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