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    Seno Gumira Ajidarma

ISBN: 9786029144345
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Eyewitness

by: Seno Gumira Ajidarma

On November 1991, Indonesian soldiers opened fire on protestors in Dili, capital of East Timor, killing an estimated 250 people. For publishing a report on this massacre, Seno Gumira Ajidarma, an editor of Jakarta-Jakarta magazine at the time, was dismissed from his position. He sought another way to tell the truth about what was happening in East Timor –this time through “fiction.” The stories in Eyewitness both unsettle the mind and pull the heartstrings. With their strange, unnerving style, the stories also represent one brave author’s refusal to forget. “When journalism is gagged,” the author once said, ”literature must speak.”

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On November 1991, Indonesian soldiers opened fire on protestors in Dili, capital of East Timor, killing an estimated 250 people. For publishing a report on this massacre, Seno Gumira Ajidarma, an editor of Jakarta-Jakarta magazine at the time, was dismissed from his position. He sought another way to tell the truth about what was happening in East Timor –this time through “fiction.” The stories in Eyewitness both unsettle the mind and pull the heartstrings. With their strange, unnerving style, the stories also represent one brave author’s refusal to forget. “When journalism is gagged,” the author once said, ”literature must speak.” ISBN: 9786029144345
Publish Date: 2015
Page Count: 123 pages
Having published more than 30 books since the 1980s, Seno Gumira Ajidarma is one of Indonesia’s most prolific authors. As a novelist, essayist, and short story writer, Seno’s work often both document everyday life and criticize contemporary social, cultural, and political conditions. His writing style is varied, ranging from reportage and realism to fantasy. Once asked whether his work is surrealism, magical realism, fantasy or postmodern journalism, he answered simply, “Call it whatever you want. It’s what I do.” In 2014, along with various journalists and communications professionals, he launched a blog called PanaJournal that featured human interest stories.
Translator :Jan Lingard
Jan Lingard is a former lecturer in Indonesian at the University of Sydney. An award-winning translator, she has translated several books of Indonesian short stories including Diverse Lives (OUP, Kuala Lumpur) and is the author of Refugees and Rebels: Indonesian Exiles in Wartime Australia (Australian Scholarly Publishing (Melbourne, Victoria).
Translator :John H. McGlynn
October 14, 1952
John H. McGlynn, a graduate of the University of Michigan Ann Arbor (1981), lives in Jakarta where, in 1987, he established the Lontar Foundation, the only organization in the world devoted to the publication of Indonesian literature in translation. Through Lontar, he has overseen the publication of close to two hundred books on Indonesian literature and culture. Also through Lontar, he has produced twenty-four films on Indonesian writers and more than thirty films on Indonesian performance traditions. McGlynn is a contributing editor to several literary journals, including Manoa, Words Without Borders, Warscapes, and Cordite Review. He is a member of the Association of Asian Studies (AAS) and the Asia Pacific Writers and Translators Association (APWT) and the as well as a trustee of the American Indonesian Exchange Foundation (AMINEF), which oversees the U.S. government-sponsored Fulbright and Humphrey scholarship programs in Indonesia. He is also supervisor of the Indonesian National Book Committee’s Literary- and Translation-Funding Programs.

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Dimensions 14.5 x 21.5 cm

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