• img-book

    Putu Wijaya

ISBN: 9789798083945

Telegram

by: Putu Wijaya

Putu Wijaya’s debut novel, Telegram, was a literary trendsetter for its synthesis of reality and fantasy. Unapologetically disorienting, the text offers a compelling portrait of Jakarta and Bali in the early 1970s. The novel’s first-person narrator is a Balinese journalist living in Jakarta who receives a telegram informing on his mother’s illness. But nothing is as it seems in Telegram. As readers are brought into the stream of consciousness meanderings of this sympathetic yet troubled and unreliable narrator, what is real and what is not becomes increasingly difficult to tell.

Rp150.000

Quantity:
Hidden
Putu Wijaya’s debut novel, Telegram, was a literary trendsetter for its synthesis of reality and fantasy. Unapologetically disorienting, the text offers a compelling portrait of Jakarta and Bali in the early 1970s. The novel’s first-person narrator is a Balinese journalist living in Jakarta who receives a telegram informing on his mother’s illness. But nothing is as it seems in Telegram. As readers are brought into the stream of consciousness meanderings of this sympathetic yet troubled and unreliable narrator, what is real and what is not becomes increasingly difficult to tell. ISBN: 9789798083945
Publish Date: 2011
Page Count: 120
Putu Wijaya or I Gusti Ngurah Putu Wijaya, (Tabanan, Bali, April 11, 1944) is an extremely versatile writer. He writes dramas, short stories, essays, novels, poetry and film and television scripts, and also paints. He founded and has led the Mandiri theater group since 1971. He has worked as a journalist for Ekspres, Tempo and Zaman, and has been a guest lecturer at the University of Wisconsin and the University of Illinois in the United States, and at the Jakarta Art Institute. His fiction resurrects the absurd in Indonesian society. His theater group’s principles are “to start from whatever is there” and “mental terrorism.” His most important plays are Bila Malam Bertambah Malam (1970), Aduh (1972), Anu (1975) and Dag Dig Dug (1976). His novels include Bila Malam Bertambah Malam (1971), Telegram (1973), Pabrik (1976), Stasiun (1977), Keok (1978), Nyali (1980), Pol (1987), Putri: Buku Pertama (2004) and Putri: Buku Kedua (2004). His short story collections include Gres (1982), Blok (1994), Darah (1995), Zig Zag (1996) and Tidak (1999). His collection of poetry is Dadaku adalah Perisaiku (1974), and his compilation of essays is Ngeh (1997). He has received several awards for art and literature, including the SEA Write Award (1980), the Citra Trophy for his scenarios Perawan Desa (1980) and Kembang Kertas (1985), the Satya Lencana Award for Culture (2004), the Achmad Bakrie Award fo Literature (2007) and the Jakarta Academy Award (2009).
Translator :Stephen Epstein
Stephen Epstein Associate Professor Stephen Epstein is the Director of the Asian Languages and Cultures Programme at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand, and served as the 2013–14 President of the New Zealand Asian Studies Society. He has published widely on contemporary Korean society, literature, and popular culture and translated numerous pieces of Korean and Indonesian fiction, including the novels Who Ate Up All The Shinga? by Park Wan-suh (Columbia University Press, 2009), The Long Road by Kim In-suk (MerwinAsia, 2010) and Telegram by Putu Wijaya (Lontar Foundation, 2011).

Additional information

Dimensions 14.5 x 21.5 cm

“Telegram”

There are no reviews yet.