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    Oka Rusmini

ISBN: 9789798083822

Earth Dance

by: Oka Rusmini

Earth Dance tells the story of four generations of Balinese women with conflicts arising from the demands of the caste system and personal desires. Our narrator, Ida Ayu Telaga, reveals how Balinese women wish to be beautiful and ultimately, find a husband from a higher caste group. When the stubborn Telaga defies her mother’s wishes and marries a commoner, her surroundings think this is a downward move. Behind their thick glossy hair and golden complexions, lies a web of jealousy and intrigue that bewilders Telaga: Is this what it means to be a woman? Earth Dance has been translated into German and published under the title Erdentanz.

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Earth Dance tells the story of four generations of Balinese women with conflicts arising from the demands of the caste system and personal desires. Our narrator, Ida Ayu Telaga, reveals how Balinese women wish to be beautiful and ultimately, find a husband from a higher caste group. When the stubborn Telaga defies her mother’s wishes and marries a commoner, her surroundings think this is a downward move. Behind their thick glossy hair and golden complexions, lies a web of jealousy and intrigue that bewilders Telaga: Is this what it means to be a woman? Earth Dance has been translated into German and published under the title Erdentanz. ISBN: 9789798083822
Publish Date: 2011
Page Count: 162 pages
Translator :Rani Ambyo
Translator :Thomas M. Hunter
Thomas M Hunter lectures in Sanskrit and South-Southeast Asian Studies for the Department of Asian Studies of the University of British Columbia (UBC). Prior to joining UBC he worked for over twenty years guiding students from North America in their study abroad programs in Indonesia and India. He has been a Fellow of the National Endowment for the Humanities (1996) and the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin (2006-7). His many publications focusing on the ancient literature in Sanskrit and Kawi (Old Javanese) and on modern Indonesian literature include: Blossoms of Longing: Poems of Longing and Regret Translated from the Ancient Javanese, (1998, Lontar Foundation) Indo as Other: Identity, Anxiety and Ambiguity in Salah Asuhan (2002), The Poetics of Grammar in the Javano-Balinese Tradition (2005), Yati, a Structural Principle in Old Javanese Versification (2009), and Translation in a World of Diglossia (2010).

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Dimensions 14.5 x 21.5 cm

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