Durga/Umayi: A Novel

by Mangunwijaya, Y. B.

Durga/Umayi: A Novel

Price:  US$25.20   (SGD35.00*)
Format:  Paper Back, 212 pages
Published:  2004, USA, 1st Edition
ISBN:  9780295983929
SB#:  035460 (804)

About This Book

This satirical 1991 Indonesian novel by the late notable engineer, architect, Catholic priest and political activist Y.B. Mangunwijaya opens windows onto many aspects of Indonesian culture including political ideas, gender concepts and the widely pervasive world of traditional magic and shadow plays. Set in 1930s Java, the story follows the fortunes of a poor village woman who becomes a servant in the household of President Soekarno and does well for herself while also losing her kin and identity. The translator well conveys the effects of violence on ordinary people and the unique magical realism, which is a significant component on Indonesia's contemporary scene.

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