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    Nuril Basri

ISBN: 978-602-6978-85-1

Not a Virgin

by: Nuril Basri

In this coming-of-age novel four Indonesian high-school students seek to discover what their future will bring and find answers to their questions about sexuality. With characters ranging from cross-dressing hairdressers, drag queens, and rent boys to fanatic Muslims and low-life security personnel, the action of this tragicomedy moves between an Islamic boarding school and a

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In this coming-of-age novel four Indonesian high-school students seek to discover what their future will bring and find answers to their questions about sexuality. With characters ranging from cross-dressing hairdressers, drag queens, and rent boys to fanatic Muslims and low-life security personnel, the action of this tragicomedy moves between an Islamic boarding school and a gay bar in Jakarta, and in so doing illuminates the mindset and yearnings of a new generation of Indonesians. Indonesian version: Bukan Perjaka   ISBN: 978-602-6978-85-1
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Page Count: vi + 302
March 1985
Nuril Basri was born in a village near Tangerang, West Java, and raised as a in a staunchly Islamic community. Nuril has worked in a variety of positions—cashier, tutor, accounts manager, waiter, etc.—the combined experience of which has served to enrich his characters and settings. Author of a half dozen novels, four have been translated into Malaysian and two will soon appear in English: Enak (Yummy) and Bukan Perjaka (Not a Virgin), the latter of which moves in setting between a Muslim boarding house in Tangerang and a gay bar in Jakarta.
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 x 21 cm