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Gus tf Sakai: Leaving his own story up to the imagination

Jakarta   /   Mon, March 3 2008   /  12:52 am

GUS TF SAKAI: (JP/Syofiardi Bachyul Jb) "The concentration of publicity exposing the author but not his output means that many people draw back from literary works; they know a lot about the author or scholar, but they never read his works." This is the answer given by Gus tf Sakai when asked to explain his reluctance to be interviewed, adding he has refused requests for interviews from some journalists. "But you are my friend, so how can I refuse?" said Gus when The Jakarta Post visited him last week at the home of his parents-in-law in Payakumbuh City, West Sumatra. "I don't feel relaxed with other journalists, which is why I have refused interviews." Press reports about authors, said Gus, did not persuade people to read literary works. "Writers become artists, and as artists they become famous for what they ...