Krakatau: The Tale Of Lampung Submerged - Syair Lampung Karam by Saleh, Muhammad
In 1883, massive volcanic eruptions destroyed two-thirds of the island Krakatau. It was the day the world exploded. Since that time Krakatau has been the subject of many reports and publications, both scholarly and literary but the only surviving account of the event written by an indigenous eyewitness has only now found its way into English translation. Written in the form of a syair, a classical Malay rhymed poem, this account sheds light on local responses to the disaster in the region.
Tombois And Femmes: Defying Gender Labels In Indonesia by Blackwood, Evelyn
This book offers a compelling view of sexual and gender difference through the everyday lives of tombois and their girlfriends ("femmes") in the city of Padang, West Sumatra. Tombois are masculine females who identify as men and desire women; their girlfriends view themselves as normal women who desire men. Through rich, in-depth, and provocative stories, author Evelyn Blackwood shows how these same-sex Indonesian couples negotiate transgressive identities and desires and how their experiences speak to the struggles and desires of sexual and gender minorities everywhere.
Anxiety Myths by Afrizal Malna
In a writing career that has now spanned more than thirty years, Afrizal has published several major collections of poetry. His poems have been translated into Dutch, German, and English, of which this is the first full length collection. Afrizal's poems, through drawing on practices of montage, precise diction and curious grammar, maintain a fine balance between consistency of style and variation in theme and subject which asserts his distinctive poetic voice. These are poems that trace the quickly changing urban trajectory of present day Indonesia.
Morphology Of Desire by Dorothea Rosa Herliany
Morphology of Desire gives a generous introduction to the full range of writing by the internationally acclaimed Indonesian poet, Dorothea Rosa Herliany, from the 1980s to the present day. Through a distinctive mix of striking imagery and boldness of voice, the poet sets out to destroy many of the common assumptions about everyday life and human relationships. As a woman and a poet, she is doubly an outsider. Her blatant departure, in form as well as content, from the accepted conventions of society is remarkable, not only in its personal and political ramifications, but in its emotional and imaginative tenor, as well.
Twilight In Jakarta by Mochtar Lubis
Half a century ago when Mochtar Lubis' Twilight in Jakarta was secreted out of Indonesia and published in London, it was the first Indonesian novel ever to be published in English translation. The novel, a depiction of social and political events in the capital during the run up to a national election, contains a grim cast of characters: corrupt politicians, impotent intellectuals, unprincipled journalists, manipulative Leftists, and impetuous Muslims to name but a few. Although the novel represents a condemnation of political practices prevalent in Indonesia in the 1950s, readers today will find much in this novel that resonates still.
Fireflies In Manhattan, The by Umar Kayam
Born in Ngawi, East Java, in 1932, Umar Kayam obtained his masters degree from New York University and his doctoral degree from Cornell University. It was there, in New York, where he began to hone his literary skills. The publication of his first collection of short stories, A Thousand Fireflies in Manhattan, in 1972, gained him national fame as a short story writer.
Drought by Iwan Simatupang
Drought is a joyous celebration of life and human commitment. Its hero is an ex-student, ex-soldier and ex-bandit, who decides to transmigrate to one of the outer islands of Indonesia in order to start life again as a farmer. He almost fails, but so in so doing he is involved with a wonderful range of inspired madmen - bureaucrats, bandits, psychiatrists, religious teachers, and the beautiful woman known simply as the V.I.P. The outsiders humorously combine to question the normality of conventional society.
Rape Of Sukreni, The by A.A. Pandji Tisna
Violence, money, and melodrama-these are the volatile ingredients of The Rape of Sukreni. Written in the 1930s by A.A. Panji Tisna, a prince of the Balinese state of Buleleng, the novel is the author's best-known work and is still in print today. Sukreni is a modern Indonesian classic that draws on the melodramatic conventions of Balinese theater to present a powerful indictment of the commercialization of Balinese society. Even more telling today than it was when it was written, The Rape of Sukreni offers a unique and dark insider's view of the island's future that violently challenges the conventional image of Bali as a honeyed paradise filled with artists and happy tourists.
Redheads: A Comic Eco-Thriller by Vatikiotis, Michael
In the middle of a Borneo rainforest a band of near-naked Penan tribesmen, encouraged by an equally clothes-challenged renegade Swiss shepherd, hesitantly blockade a logging truck, testing their commitment to protect their forest home. Nearby, a researcher studying orangutans is threatened with being thrown out of her study site unless she can reach a delicate compromise with the powerful minister of the environment. Meanwhile, loggers are busy at work, devastating the rainforest. At the heart of Redheads black-humoured fictional action lies the very real problem of rainforest destruction and the philosophical question of where the real boundaries lie.
Old Man's Rules For Hitchhiking, An by Mcglynn, John
Populated with characters Mark Twain would have appreciated, McGlynn's tales of travels to Mexico, Indonesia, and other exotic ports of call are those of a modern-day Everyman, and are as recognizable to an American as they would be to an Indonesian about the common nature of man. His guide to hitchhiking, written after more than fifty years of experience on the road, displays a singular sense of wit and irony and provides remarkable insights into the foibles of mankind.
Nias Sculpture: Mandala Collection by Sibeth, Achim; Bruce Carpenter
The first book solely dedicated to the Art and Culture of Nias in 25 years, Nias Sculpture features a broad array of unpublished masterpieces from the collection of the Mandala Foundation. For countless centuries, the isolated island of Nias, located far off the west coast of Sumatra, Indonesia, developed a unique culture and stunning art little influenced by the outside world. Descendants of the Austronesians, the ancient peoples who explored and settled insular Southeast Asia beginning some 5000 years ago, their art has been acclaimed for more than a century, Nias has achieved legendary status in the pantheon of Indonesian tribal art.
Stories From Serat Centhini: Understanding The Javanese Journey Of Life by Santoso, Soewito
This book is based on The Centhini Story, the condensed, English-language translation of the original 12-volume Serat Centhini, one of Indonesia's oldest surviving manuscripts dating back to 1814. It tells of the flight and reunion of three royal children from the Kingdom of Giri when their father went to war.
Tales of place origins like How the Progo River Got Its Name, of moral lessons like The Case of the Diamond Beads, and The Three Evil Monarchs, and stories that teach the Javanese art of love like Secrets of Sex Play and Secrets to the Heart of a Woman are threaded into this rich tapestry of Javanese culture, legends and mysticism.
Snowing In Bali: The Incredible Inside Account Of Bali's Hidden Drug World by Bonella, Kathryn
'It's snowing in Bali.' Among Bali's drug dealers it's code that the paradise island is full of cocaine. For the men who run the country's drug empires, it's time to get rich and party hard.
Snowing in Bali is the story of the drug trafficking and dealing scene that's made Bali one of the world's most important destinations in the global distribution of narcotics. Kathryn Bonella, bestselling author of Hotel K, has been given extraordinary access into the lives of some of the biggest players in Bali's drug world. She charts their rise to incredible wealth and power, and their drugfuelled lifestyles: filled with orgies, outrageous extravagance and surfing.
From the highs of multi-million dollar deals to the desperate lows of death row in an Indonesian high security jail, Snowing in Bali is a unique, uncensored insight into a hidden world.
Tambora: The Eruption That Changed The World by Wood, Gillen D'arcy
When Indonesia's Mount Tambora erupted in 1815, it unleashed the most destructive wave of extreme weather the world has witnessed in thousands of years. The volcano's massive sulfate dust cloud enveloped the Earth, cooling temperatures and disrupting major weather systems for more than three years. Amid devastating storms, drought, and floods, communities worldwide endured famine, disease, and civil unrest on a catastrophic scale. On the eve of the bicentenary of the great eruption, Tambora tells the extraordinary story of the weather chaos it wrought, weaving the latest climate science with the social history of this frightening period to offer a cautionary tale about the potential tragic impacts of drastic climate change in our own century.
The year following Tambora's eruption became known as the "Year without a Summer," when weather anomalies in Europe and New England ruined crops, displaced millions, and spawned chaos and disease. Here, for the first time, Gillen D'Arcy Wood traces Tambora's full global and historical reach: how the volcano's three-year climate change regime initiated the first worldwide cholera pandemic, expanded opium markets in China, set the stage for Ireland's Great Famine, and plunged the United States into its first economic depression. Mary Shelley's Frankenstein's monster, inspired by Tambora's terrifying storms, embodied the fears and misery of global humanity during this transformative period, the most recent sustained climate crisis the world has faced.
Bringing the history of this planetary emergency grippingly to life, Tambora sheds light on the fragile interdependence of climate and human societies, and the threat a new era of extreme global weather poses to us all.
Blood Of The People, The: Revolution & The End Of Traditional Rule In Northern Sumatra by Reid, Anthony
In northern Sumatra, as in Malaya, colonial rule embraced an extravagant array of sultans, rajas, datuks and uleebalangs. In Malaya the traditional Malay elite served as a barrier to evolutionary change and survived the transition to independence, but in Sumatra a wave of violence and killing wiped out the traditional elite in 1945-46. Anthony Reid's The Blood of the People, now available in a new edition, explores the circumstances of Sumatra's sharp break with the past during what has been labelled its "social revolution."
The events in northern Sumatra were among the most dramatic episodes of Indonesia's national revolution, and brought about more profound changes even than in Java, from where the revolution is normally viewed. Some ethnic groups saw the revolution as a popular, peasant-supported movement that liberated them from foreign rule. Others, though, felt victimised by a radical, levelling agenda imposed by outsiders. Java, with a relatively homogeneous population, passed through the revolution without significant social change. The ethnic complexity of Sumatra, in contrast, meant that the revolution demanded and altogether new "Indonesian" identity to override the competing ethnic categories of the past.
Wayang Indonesia: The Fantastic World Of Indonesian Puppet Theatre by Angst, Walter
'Wayang' means Indonesian rod puppet theatre and its derivative forms of folk theatre. In recognition of the cultural and historical significance as well as the great aesthetic sophistication of Wayang, UNESCO included this theatre tradition in its list of world cultural heritage in 2003. This book provides a new systematic introduction to and overview of Wayang puppets - in particular shadow puppets - and illustrates this with a unique richness of colour images.
Bali & Lombok (Tuttle Travel Pack) by Greenway, Paul
Tuttle Travel Pack Bali & Lombok is your passport to an unforgettable journey to Asia's favorite tropical islands. Author Paul Greenway is a seasoned travel writer and frequent visitor to these islands, and he recommends the very best places and activities-from the dramatic cliff-top temple at Ulu Watu with its entrancing Barong dance, to the cool highland lakes of Bratan and Bedugul with their hot springs and lush greenery, to the trendy beach resorts and boutiques of Seminyak, the idyllic beaches of the Gili Islands off Lombok, and much more.
Mini Indonesian Dictionary: Indonesian-English; English-Indonesian by Davidsen, Katherine
Tuttle Mini Indonesian Dictionary is the most up-to-date pocket Indonesian dictionary available and is ideal for any application where a handy, portable dictionary is required.
Breaking Barriers: Portraits Of Inspiring Chinese-Indonesian Women by Dawis, Aimee
As members of a tiny ethnic minority in Indonesia-the world's largest Islamic nation-Chinese-Indonesian women face hurdles of race and gender that others would find insurmountable. In Breaking Barriers, author Aimee Dawis profiles nine highly accomplished women who have overcome these obstacles and thrived.
Balinese Architecture by Davison, Julian; Bruce Granquist
Traditional Balinese houses, temples and pavilions are designed to allow man to exist in harmony with the natural forces of the universe-reflecting core Balinese beliefs about man's place in relation to the cosmos, the gods, the ancestors, and the world around him. In this one-of-a-kind book, author Julian Davison provides a comprehensive guide to Balinese architectural forms, the Balinese belief system, the rituals associated with building, the materials and construction techniques, and the intricate ornamentation used.