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Trace of history: Author Iksaka Banu on coming full circle

Sebastian Partogi

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Sun, December 8, 2019  /  03:03 pm
Trace of history: Author Iksaka Banu on coming full circle

Moving forward: Author Iksaka Banu tries to move beyond a polarized historical narrative in his works. (JP/Sebastian Partogi)

The year 2019 comes to a close on a high note for 55-year-old Indonesian author Iksaka Banu, known for writing historical fiction chronicling the Dutch colonial period in Indonesia. In mid-October, he won the Kusala Sastra Khatulistiwa literary prize’s prose category for his 2019 short story anthology Teh dan Pengkhianat (Tea and the Traitor). This was the second time he won the annual prize after also won the award’s prose category in 2014 for yet another anthology called Semua Untuk Hindia (All for Hindia). He also received the Education and Culture Ministry book and language development agency’s literary prize at the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival in Bali in late October alongside fellow writers Dadang Ari Murtono and Ashadi Siregar. As he received these awards, he was finalizing a book called Pangeran dari Timur (The Eastern Prince), cowritten with Kurni...