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    Afrizal Malna

ISBN: 9786029144253

Anxiety Myths

by: Afrizal Malna

In a writing career spanning more than thirty years, Afrizal Malna has published several major collections of poetry and has seen his poems translated into several languages. Afrizal is concerned with questioning language and with bodily engagement with public and private spaces. It is through the appearance of everyday objects that his poems emerge as a repository of the cultural meanings of space and objects in Indonesia’s everyday modernity. His poems maintain a fine balance between consistency of style and variations in theme. These are poems that trace the quickly changing urban trajectory of present day Indonesia.

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In a writing career spanning more than thirty years, Afrizal Malna has published several major collections of poetry and has seen his poems translated into several languages. Afrizal is concerned with questioning language and with bodily engagement with public and private spaces. It is through the appearance of everyday objects that his poems emerge as a repository of the cultural meanings of space and objects in Indonesia’s everyday modernity. His poems maintain a fine balance between consistency of style and variations in theme. These are poems that trace the quickly changing urban trajectory of present day Indonesia. ISBN: 9786029144253
Publish Date: 2013
Page Count: 128 pages
(Jakarta, June 7, 1957) writes poetry, essays, short stories and plays. He is known for his unique use of the Indonesian language to portray urban life and for his exploration of the world of objects. He studied at the Driyarkara School of Philosophy in Jakarta but did not graduate. He has published two novels: Lubang dari Separuh Langit (2004) and Kepada Apakah (2014). His short stories were collected in Seperti Novel yang Malam Mengisahkan Manusia (2003). He has published ten books of poetry, including Abad yang Berlari (1984), which won an award from the Buku Utama Foundation; Yang Berdiam dalam Mikrofon (1990); Arsitektur Hujan (1995); Kalung dari Teman (1998); Kawan-Kawan dari Atap Bahasa (2008); Museum Penghancur Dokumen (2013); and Berlin Proposal (2015). His essay collections include Sesuatu Indonesia (2000) and Perjalanan Teater Kedua (2010). His poetry collection Teman-Temanku dari Atap Bahasa was chosen by Tempo magazine as Best Literary Work of 2008 and received an award from the Center for Language Advocacy and Development. He has received numerous awards, including the Radio Netherlands Worldwide Golden Windmill Award (1981), the Literature Award from the Jakarta Arts Council (1984), the SEA Write Award (2010), the Language Center Award (2010) and the Khatulistiwa Literary Award (2013).
Translator :Andy Fuller
Andy Fuller is the author of Sastra dan Politik: Membaca Karya-karya Seno Gumira Ajidarma (Yogyakarta: Insist Press, 2011), The Struggle for Soccer in Indonesia: Archives, Fandom and Urban Identity (Yogyakarta: Tan Kinira, 2014) and Playing Cities Making Sport (Yogyakarta: Tan Kinira, 2014). He is the translator of Afrizal Malna’s poems as collected in Anxiety Myths (Jakarta: Lontar, 2014) and of A.S. Laksana’s short stories to be published by Lontar in 2015. He is one of the editors of the Lontar Anthology of Indonesian Short Stories (Jakarta: Lontar, 2015).

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