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    Putu Oka Sukanta

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Lies, Loss, and Longing

by: Putu Oka Sukanta

Lies, Loss, and Longing portrays the lives of those who survive violence. Sukanta delves deeply into sufferings, using his keen eye for the mundane to expose extraordinary contradictions. Many of the characters in this short story collection are faced with sad endings; nonetheless, there is strength in his characters that gives them, and us, insights into the predicaments and the changes that must happen in Indonesia. Sukanta’s work transcends location and the longing he evokes in his stories are shared by all of us.

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Lies, Loss, and Longing portrays the lives of those who survive violence. Sukanta delves deeply into sufferings, using his keen eye for the mundane to expose extraordinary contradictions. Many of the characters in this short story collection are faced with sad endings; nonetheless, there is strength in his characters that gives them, and us, insights into the predicaments and the changes that must happen in Indonesia. Sukanta’s work transcends location and the longing he evokes in his stories are shared by all of us. ISBN: 9786029144314
Publish Date: 2014
Page Count: 114
Putu Oka Sukanta (Singaraja, Bali, July 29, 1939) writes poetry, short stories, novels, essays and children’s stories. He is also known as a healer, specifically with acupuncture. Because he was active with Lekra (Lembaga Kebudayaan Rakyat; Institute for People’s Culture), the arts organization associated with the Indonesian Communist Party, he was imprisoned by the New Order government for ten years (1966–1976). His novels include Kelakar Air (1999), Merajut Harkat (2000) and Istana Jiwa (2012); his children’s story is I Belog (1980); and his story about the 1965 tragedy in Bali is Lobakan (2009). His short story collections include Tas/Die Tasch (1987), Luh Galuh (1987), Keringat Mutiara (1991) and Rindu Terluka (2004); and his poetry collections are Selat Bali (1982), Salam/Greetings (bilingual, 1986) and Matahari, Tembok Berlin (1992). He has received several awards, such as Best Declamator in Bali (1958) and second place in the Storytelling Competition for the Environment in Jakarta (1982).
Translator :Ven Cork
Vern Cork, an Australian teacher and librarian, has been involved with Bali in a variety of roles since his first visit in 1972: public library development advisor, community development worker, co-founder of two foundations for Balinese with disabilities, and translator of Indonesian literature about Bali. His literary translations include Bali Behind the Seen (recent fiction from Bali by Balinese writers; The Sweat of Pearls, stories about women of Bali by Putu Oka Sukanta; Ordeal by Fire, a collection of stories by Aryantha Soethama; and Songs of the Heart, poems by Balinese with disabilities.
Translator :Leslie Dwyer
Leslie Dwyer is Director of the Center for the Study of Gender and Conflict at the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University in Arlington, Virginia, US She is a cultural anthropologist with a PhD from Princeton University who has been working in Indonesia since 1993. Her research focuses on issues of violence, gender, post-conflict social life, transitional justice, and the politics of memory and identity.

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Dimensions 14.5 x 21.5 cm

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