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    Gus Tf Sakai

ISBN: 9786029144451

Night’s Disappearance

by: Gus Tf Sakai

In a Gus tf Sakai story, nothing is as it seems. The unexpected is always happening. Supernatural events occur in ordinary settings, turning lives and reality on end. A three-hundred-year-old Torajan mummy refuses to stay dead. A painting takes on a life of its own and paints the painter. Gus tf Sakai’s esoteric tales range across the myriad cultures of the Indonesian archipelago, crossing time and space. They lure the reader into their mystery and reveal the author’s deep sense of humanity, leaving us deeply involved in the lives and predicaments of his characters.

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In a Gus tf Sakai story, nothing is as it seems. The unexpected is always happening. Supernatural events occur in ordinary settings, turning lives and reality on end. A three-hundred-year-old Torajan mummy refuses to stay dead. A painting takes on a life of its own and paints the painter. Gus tf Sakai’s esoteric tales range across the myriad cultures of the Indonesian archipelago, crossing time and space. They lure the reader into their mystery and reveal the author’s deep sense of humanity, leaving us deeply involved in the lives and predicaments of his characters. ISBN: 9786029144451
Publish Date: 2015
Page Count: 140

Born Gustrafizal Busra on August 13, 1965 in Payakumbuh, West Sumatra, Gus tf Sakai is a prolific writer of prose and poetry, the latter under the name Gus tf. His works have been widely published over almost thirty years and he is regarded as one of Indonesia’s leading contemporary writers. His collection of short stories, Kemilau Cahaya dan Perempuan Buta (The Dazzle of Light and the Blind Woman) was co-recipient of the first Lontar Literary Award in 2001. As part of that prize, in 2002, the collection was translated into English and published by the Lontar Foundation (under the title The Barber and Other Short Stories). That same year, the book received a literary prize from the National Language Board. He has published several novels, as well as many novellas and collections of short stories and poetry. In 2004, Gus tf Sakai was named Indonesia’s recipient of the SEA-Write Award, presented annually by the Kingdom of Thailand. In 2007 his collection of stories titled Perantau was chosen by readers of Tempo newspaper as best book of the year and also won the Khatulistiwa Award. Among numerous prizes, Gus tf Sakai received the “Dedicated Writers Award” presented by Kompas newspaper in 2010. Gus tf Sakai returned to live in Payakumbuh with his family in 1996 where he has pursued his passion for writing in his native West Sumatra. He is a master storyteller who explores the mystical and traditional elements of Indonesian folklore within the processes of modern Indonesian society.

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.
Translator :Ian Campbell
Ian Campbell was born in Sydney, Australia in March 1949. Now retired, he has interests in literature and also writes poetry in Indonesian with publications in Jakarta and Bandung mass media and literary journals. His Indonesian language poetry collection, Tak ada Peringatan,  was ‘Highly Commended’ in 2013 in the Australian Arts in Asia Awards. He first studied Indonesian language at university in 1966 and holds postgraduate research qualifications, with a book publication, Contemporary Indonesian Language Poetry from West Java: National Literature, Regional Manifestations (2008). His Indonesia-related academic publications have appeared in literary and academic journals in Indonesia, Australia, Germany and the United States.

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Dimensions 14.5 x 21.5 cm

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