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jerry van den brink/colson: Harry, what a great surprise :). Welcome back in blogosphere. Welcome back on Plopor. Hope you will stay :). By the way: your first comment [...]

Harry Nizam: Hi Colson, it's good to be back on your nice blog again. I commented on your latest post but not shown.

jerry van den brink/colson: Great.Permanently? Promise? But what about Anywaay, OK we'll meet again :).

atri: Hey Colson! Long time no speak :D Currently re-entering the blogging world! See you around, located (hopefully permanently) here: :D

jerry van den brink/colson: @ utomo: Thank you. I'm sure we'll have some wonderful times in the upcoming days in the company of children and grandchild :). Hope you [...]

Utomo: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2014 !

colson/jerry van den brink: @ Lorraine: Wat heet toeval :). Nog extra toevallig is dat je haar op die plaats tegenkwam.Een jaar of vier geleden heb ik Adep en [...]

Lorraine: Hallo Colson, Ik had vanmiddag Bonnie kort gezien en gesproken op de oude brug in Arnhem!

jerryvandenbrink/colson: @ Utomo: Your posts, your grandchildren, were my inspiration :).

Utomo: Wow...I am glad to see you together again with your beloved grandson Kris !

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Pramoedya’s literary grandchildren ?



It happened that I attended to Rizki Pandu Permana‘s public defense of his Ph.D dissertation* in Utrecht two days ago. He passed brilliantly. Of course. But then I heard his promoter ( doctoral supervisor) in a subordinate clause of her laudatio (encomium), reveal that Rizki previously had published fiction. Two novels actually. [...]

Fahrenheit 451

A Florida pastor, Terry Jones, made the headlines by burning a number of copies of the Quran last April. A revolting act. Last week publishing company Gramedia symbolically burned 200 copies of “5 Kota Paling Berpengaruh di Dunia“. The ceremony was attended by and watched over by clerics of MUI. Allegedly on page 24 [...]

Bilangan Fu is a great novel.

Four years ago Ayu Utami wrote “Bilangan Fu” . Last March a Dutch translation of the novel has been published: “Het getal Fu“.

Please forgive my presumptuousness but I think it is an absolute masterpiece. This book-lover had a quite different opinion but to me “Het getal Fu” really is a must read. A treasure [...]

About Books

Today the Dutch “Boekenweek” starts. It means publishers, bookshops and especially authors will make the headlines. And everyone who buys books spending a minimum amount of € 12.50 this week, receives a brand new short story (“Heldere Hemel” = Clear Sky) by Tom Lanoye for free.

All my adult life I’ve been an ardent [...]

Modern Indonesian Culture puts Exclamation Marks

Over the last days and weeks respectively two major events prove that in the realm of contemporary literature and art the Indonesian scene is rapidly moving from back- to front stage.


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