Portrayal of Today's Indonesia in Literature
From Indonesia, an archipelago of more than 14,000 islands boasting a diversity of regional cultures and livelihoods, the project has invited five up-and-coming authors to contribute newly-written works that reflect the era of the "new normal." These authors include Jakarta-based travel writer Agustinus Wibowo; Azhari Aiyub, a writer based in the autonomous province of Aceh in Sumatra, known for its Islamic government; Faisal Oddang, an author and poet from the island of Sulawesi; Intan Paramaditha, a native of Bandung, the capital of West Java province, who is now based in Australia; and Ziggy Zezsyazeoviennazabrizkie, one of the rising young authors from Lampung, Sumatra. We hope you will enjoy their unique short stories and essays.
- A New World, A New Self by Agustinus Wibowo / translated by Ninus Andarnuswari
- Durian and the Plague by Azhari Aiyub / translated by Ninus Andarnuswari
- "The Wandering" Entrapped: Pandemic, Movement, and Privilege by Intan Paramaditha / translated by Stephen J. Epstein
- Open Tribunal by Ziggy Zezsyazeoviennazabrizkie / translated by Stephen J. Epstein
- On Sounds by Faisal Oddang / translated by Rara Rizal
All works were written in Indonesian.
Literary Arts Scene in Indonesia
- "We Are a Nation of Wounds" (Interview) / translated by Raka Ibrahim
- "Cemeteries Are Everyday Life"―Five Indonesian Writers Talk Pandemic Normality (Roundtable talk) / translated by Raka Ibrahim
- "Literary Festivals in Indonesia" (Interview) / translated by Sarah Monica