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    Y. B. Mangunwijaya

ISBN: 9786029144208

The Weaverbirds

by: Y. B. Mangunwijaya

A landmark novel, The Weaverbirds is a tale of physical and spiritual struggles. The story spans from the formative days of Indonesia’s independence to Indonesia’s oil crisis in the mid 1970s. Larasati, the precious daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Antana, and Setadewa, the army-brat son of Capt. And Mrs. Brajabasuki, are childhood friends. But when they are older, they find themselves on the opposite sides of the country’s political spectrum. Even with their many differences, their relationship offers guidance to survival in a chaotic world.

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A landmark novel, The Weaverbirds is a tale of physical and spiritual struggles. The story spans from the formative days of Indonesia’s independence to Indonesia’s oil crisis in the mid 1970s. Larasati, the precious daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Antana, and Setadewa, the army-brat son of Capt. And Mrs. Brajabasuki, are childhood friends. But when they are older, they find themselves on the opposite sides of the country’s political spectrum. Even with their many differences, their relationship offers guidance to survival in a chaotic world. ISBN: 9786029144208
Publish Date: 2014
Page Count: 368 pages

YB Mangunwijaya, born May 6, 1929, spent his early years in Ambarawa, a small city located near the slopes of Mount Ungaran in northern central Java, and saw action there after joining the Republican Army in 1945 during the struggle for independence from the Dutch colonial empire. He reports being strongly affected by witnessing his fellow recruits mistreating villagers, and by a speech by a Major Isman when the Republican Army was decommissioned, making the decision to enter the Institut Sancti Pauli in Yogyakarta and to study for the priesthood. In the years following his ordination in 1959 he studied architecture in Aachen, Germany and Aspen, Colorado. Known as Romo Mangun to his many friends and admirers, he is noted for both his achievements as an architect and novelist, and for his deep humanism. In 1992 he won the Agha Khan award for his architectural work designing housing for rural migrants living on the banks of the Code River, while in 1996 he won the Ramon Magsaysay literary award. His defense of the communities displaced by the World Bank dam project in Kedung Ombo and his firm, but intelligent, opposition to the Suharto regime won him many friends and admirers among the younger generation. Known for his wit and easy-going nature Romo Mangun passed away on February 10, 1999 while enthusiastically participating in a seminar on increasing the role of literature as a guiding force in achieving a new Indonesian society.

Translator :Thomas M. Hunter
Thomas M Hunter lectures in Sanskrit and South-Southeast Asian Studies for the Department of Asian Studies of the University of British Columbia (UBC). Prior to joining UBC he worked for over twenty years guiding students from North America in their study abroad programs in Indonesia and India. He has been a Fellow of the National Endowment for the Humanities (1996) and the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin (2006-7). His many publications focusing on the ancient literature in Sanskrit and Kawi (Old Javanese) and on modern Indonesian literature include: Blossoms of Longing: Poems of Longing and Regret Translated from the Ancient Javanese, (1998, Lontar Foundation) Indo as Other: Identity, Anxiety and Ambiguity in Salah Asuhan (2002), The Poetics of Grammar in the Javano-Balinese Tradition (2005), Yati, a Structural Principle in Old Javanese Versification (2009), and Translation in a World of Diglossia (2010).

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