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jerry van den brink/colson: Utomo thanks. They played well during the tournament indeed. Actually they overachieved. Yet it's a pity they can't play the finals.

Utomo: Congratulations, Jerry ! You've got the 3rd Place of World Football Championship 2014

colson/jerry van den brink: Utomo, the presidential elections in all likelihood were very successful and as for the loss against Argentina I think the Dutch squad actually were way [...]

Utomo: Failed ? Well, the failure is the stone where we jump for the next success !

Colson: Delvi, looks like you choose the winner :).

delvi: yeh...i just cast my vote, surely it was for No 2. Hope Orange Team can also do well against Argentina tomorrow....

Colson: Dear Delvi, the advantages of this campaign are there is a choice between the past ( a man who belongs to the Suharto era and [...]

delvi: Opa, I come to see whether you write something on the presidential's suffocating here with tv and media campaigning for their master pin......

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.

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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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