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    Putu Oka Sukanta

ISBN: 978-602-9144-26-0

The Starling Si Jalak

by: Putu Oka Sukanta

Arrested as a leftist-activist in 1966, Putu Oka Sukanta was imprisoned until 1976. In The Starling, he speaks of the terrible degradation of humanity and the inner strength and solidarity of comradeship which emerge in the extreme conditions of imprisonment. The poems go on to explore the painful steps in the reconstruction of life and social

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Arrested as a leftist-activist in 1966, Putu Oka Sukanta was imprisoned until 1976. In The Starling, he speaks of the terrible degradation of humanity and the inner strength and solidarity of comradeship which emerge in the extreme conditions of imprisonment. The poems go on to explore the painful steps in the reconstruction of life and social meaning after the prison gates have opened.
ISBN: 978-602-9144-26-0
Publish Date: 2012
Page Count: 170 pages
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 :Keith Foulcher
Keith Foulcher is an Honorary Associate of the Department of Indonesian Studies at the University of Sydney. Before his retirement in 2006 he taught Indonesian language and literature at the University of Sydney, and previously held positions at Monash University and Flinders University. His major research interests and publications are in the field of modern Indonesian literature and cultural history, especially of the late colonial and early independence periods.

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Dimensions 16 x 21.6 cm

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