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. Extra-ordinary. [...]
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 the book [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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.