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    Seno Gumira Ajidarma

ISBN: 978-602-6978-83-7

Mysterious Marksman

by: Seno Gumira Ajidarma

Between 1983 and 1985 a series of extrajudicial executions of criminals took place throughout Indonesia in which bodies were found shot and left in public places. The killings, which were later learned to be a government effort to control crime, terrified the unsuspecting public. Three of the stories in this collection are related to this

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Between 1983 and 1985 a series of extrajudicial executions of criminals took place throughout Indonesia in which bodies were found shot and left in public places. The killings, which were later learned to be a government effort to control crime, terrified the unsuspecting public. Three of the stories in this collection are related to this confusing and frightening time. All of the stories deal with despair—sometimes tender, sometimes absurd, sometimes grotesque. These stories touch on moments in the lives of people—assassins, office workers, abandoned wives, children—each struggling to deal with precious memories of the past, bewildering scenes in the present and alarming changes of an uncertain future. ISBN: 978-602-6978-83-7
Publish Date: 2019
Page Count: 160 pages
Having published more than 30 books since the 1980s, Seno Gumira Ajidarma is one of Indonesia’s most prolific authors. As a novelist, essayist, and short story writer, Seno’s work often both document everyday life and criticize contemporary social, cultural, and political conditions. His writing style is varied, ranging from reportage and realism to fantasy. Once asked whether his work is surrealism, magical realism, fantasy or postmodern journalism, he answered simply, “Call it whatever you want. It’s what I do.” In 2014, along with various journalists and communications professionals, he launched a blog called PanaJournal that featured human interest stories.
Translator :Joan Suyenaga
Joan Suyenaga was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, and earned an MA in Anthropology from the University of Hawaii. She began studying traditional Javanese music (gamelan) and language in the early 1970s, and has lived, raised a family, and worked in Yogyakarta as a freelance writer, translator, and editor, focusing on Indonesian and Javanese culture, for over 30 years.

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Dimensions 14 x 21.6 cm