This book offers a compelling view of sexual and gender differences through the everyday lives of tombois and their girlfriends (“femmes”). Through rich, in-depth, and provocative stories, author Evelyn Blackwood shows how these same-sex Indonesian couples negotiate their transgressive identities and desires, and how their experiences speak to the struggles and desires of sexual and gender minorities everywhere.
The first Indonesian novel ever to be published in English, Twilight in Jakarta offers a grim cast of characters: corrupt politicians, impotent intellectuals, reckless journalists, manipulative Lefties, and impetuous Moslems, to name a few. Although the novel condemns political practices that were prevalent in 1950s Indonesia, readers will find that it still resonates today, when once again Indonesia adopts a multi-party system with political parties that compete and collaborate at the same time.
Few Indonesian essayists can compete with Nirwan Arsuka in his ability to pull together different strands of thought, periods of history, and fields of knowledge in a cohesive unit that is easy-to-read. Nirwan exercises a remarkably dexterous hand when it comes to bringing characters from the distant past back to life.
Ni Made’s poetry invites the reader into quite often quotidian descriptions and moments of life that simultaneously express very symbolic and allegorical messages. She writes very evocatively of nature, locality and place to portray self-exploratory, confessional and questioning narratives.
This collection of short stories portray quite melancholy and devastating events in which Cyntha’s plaintive, unglorified descriptions make these stories of loss all the more poignant. These stories focus predominantly on the experience of being a woman, exploring issues of domestic violence, racism, sexual objectification and jealousy.
Taufik Ikram Jamil’s poetry is filled with references to the geography, history and classic Malay literature. With their Malay flavor and diction, his poems convey a tension between the past and present, between the colloquial and the literary, and between regionalism and nationalism. The poet bequeaths the wealth of the Malay language.