The Fall and the Heart

The Fall and the Heart

Summary: The Fall and the Heart by S. Rukiah is one of the lesser known classics of the Indonesian revolutionary era and arguably the strongest piece of prose writing by an Indonesian woman author before the 1970s. Rukiah’s account of a young, middle-class womans’s...
Telegram

Telegram

Summary: Putu Wijaya’s novel Telegram, published in 1973, has been heralded as a milestone in Indonesian fiction and as a trendsetter in its synthesis of reality and fantasy. Its first-person narrator is a Balinese journalist living in Jakarta with his adopted...
Sitti Nurbaya

Sitti Nurbaya

Summary: First published in 1922, the novel Sitti Nurbaya: A Love Unrealized, by Marah Rusli, retains the poignancy that made it a modern Indonesian classic. In terms of its social impact in what was then the Dutch East Indies, Sitti Nurbaya may be compared to Uncle...
Never the Twain

Never the Twain

Summary: The novel Salah Asuhan, translated here as Never the Twain, is among the most popular works of modern Indonesian fiction. First published in 1928, the book is still in print today. Hanafi, the novel’s protagonist, is madly in love with Corrie du Bussee,...