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 experiences with her lover, her family, and the struggle for independence is deceptive in its simplicity and through The Fall and the Heart Rukiah presents a rare and thoughtful rendition of the idea and emotions of young people who had one foot in the revolution for its own sake and the other foot in the revolution as a reflection of personal crisis. The novella depicts and interweaves the stories of an individual fate and a family history more believably than any other work of its time. Rukiah is one of only a handful of Indonesian writers to have looked at the negative impact that the Indonesian revolution had on lives and relationships. Price: USD 9.99, HKD 78.99 Author/Editor: S. Rukiah Publisher: The Lontar Foundation ISBN: 978-988-15163-7-4 Buy: Amazon Barnes & Noble Omnilit.com Kalahari eBook/Paperback...

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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 daughter. Early on he receives a telegram passing on word that his mother is seriously ill. But nothing is as it seems in Telegram. As readers are brought in to the stream of consciousness meanderings of this sympathetic yet troubled and thoroughly unreliable narrator, what is real and what is not becomes increasingly difficult to unravel. Telegram, Putu Wijaya’s first novel, provides worthy insight into the author’s avowed strategy of creating “mental terror” in his audience. Although unapologetically psychological and disorienting, the text also offers a compelling portrait of Jakarta in the early 1970s and reflections on a Bali that was already in the grips of significant social change, making it useful for students of Indonesian society. Price: USD 9.99, HKD 78.99 Author/Editor: Putu Wijaya Publisher: The Lontar Foundation ISBN: 978-988-15164-2-8 Buy: Amazon Barnes & Noble Omnilit.com Kalahari  ...

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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 Tom’s Cabin in the ante-bellum United States. Even to this day, the issues of injustice and indignities suffered by women that this novel raised continue to be debated throughout the country. Rich in description, dense with ironic foreboding and the inexorable workings of fate, Sitti Nurbaya is Samsu and Sitti Nurbaya’s ill-fated love story. But in their wishes, the reader might also also discern young people’s tantalizing dream of what the East Indies society might become, or could become, if only local genius, embodied in a modernizing youth emancipated from stifling traditions, could fuse with European genius in mutual respect and admiration. This too was, of course, a dream never to be realized, and one perhaps which never could have been realized. Price: USD 9.99, HKD 78.99 Author/Editor: Marah Rusli Publisher: The Lontar Foundation ISBN: 978-988-15164-9-7 Buy: Amazon Barnes & Noble Omnilit.com Kalahari (S.Africa)...

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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, a beautiful Eurasian, though he has long been betrothed, to his cousin, Rapiah. Which woman should Hanafi marry: Corrie, the feisty, liberated Western woman, or the simple hearted Rapiah? The conflict Hanafi faces serves as an allegory for pre-independent Indonesia as it struggled toward national identity. Which course was the emerging nation to take? Was it to adhere to traditional values or was it to adopt Western notions of progress and modernity when, in doing so, might lead to the creation of a race of people who were neither Eastern nor Western? Price: USD 9.99, HKD 78.99 Author/Editor: Abdoel moeis Publisher: The Lontar Foundation ISBN: 978-988-15163-0-5 Buy: Amazon Barnes & Noble Omnilit.com Kalahari...

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