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To get a taste of what's in ALR36, start with our selection of free-to-view articles on the ALR36 Contents page. A good place to begin is From the EditorsZen Hae's Introduction places this issue's focus in the context of contemporary Indonesian writing and the rest of the issue provides a selection of fiction from some of the country's most interesting writers. You can read them all here on the Web site, and through our online eBook reader in Preview.

Non-fiction | Zen Hae

The literary works by Indonesian authors featured in this edition of the Asia Literary Review are not bound by a particular theme, though if there is one that is dominant in the volume, it is violence – either direct or implied. Violence plays an important role in modern Indonesian history, both in the years around independence in 1945, and in the periods around the repressive regimes that have ruled this country.

Fiction | Gus tf Sakai

This is my biggest chance. The words seemed to make every cell in Dani’s brain seize up. Trembling all over, he followed the shopkeeper upstairs. The stairs were of solid boards, old ones which made an odd squeaking sound when stepped on. On the top floor in the gloom he was greeted by the sight of a doorway into an ancient burial cave, the staring eyes of tau-tau effigies looking like they were soaring upwards towards death. 

Fiction | Azhari Aiyub

At that time, the ship that brought me from Lamuri had just docked. From the Malabar harbour I was to continue my journey to Istanbul by land. My father, the harbourmaster of Lamuri, doubted his sixteen-year-old child could proceed with the journey alone. A colleague of his, Hamzah by name, would be waiting for me at the harbour and would guide me until I was ensured a safe arrival at the gate of the School of Navigation in Istanbul.

Poetry | Kunwar Narain
 
When the colour of imagination fills it 
the picture changes 
into the rough and rugged travels 
of a nameless traveller 
 
Perhaps I was wandering, 
connecting countries, 
on some silk road 
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In this Issue

To get a taste of what's in ALR36, start with our selection of free-to-view articles on the ALR36 Contents page. A good place to begin is From the Editors.

Zen Hae's Introduction places this issue's focus in the context of contemporary Indonesian writing and the rest of the issue provides a selection of fiction from some of the country's most interesting writers. You can read them all here on the Web site, and through our online eBook reader in Preview.

 

The Asia Literary Review is delighted to present this supplementary issue focused exclusively on Indonesian stories, produced with the assistance of the Lontar Foundation, an independent, non-profit organisation based in Jakarta whose primary aim since 1987 has been to promote Indonesian literature and culture through the translation of Indonesian literary works.

 

 

 

This is my biggest chance. The words seemed to make every cell in Dani’s brain seize up. Trembling all over, he followed the shopkeeper upstairs. The stairs were of solid boards, old ones which made an odd squeaking sound when stepped on. On the top floor in the gloom he was greeted by the sight of a doorway into an ancient burial cave, the staring eyes of tau-tau effigies looking like they were soaring upwards towards death. 

 

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