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John McGlynn: Taking literature far and beyond

  • Stevie Emilia, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta

Jakarta   /   Tue, April 22 2008   /  01:08 am

JOHN MCGLYNN Traffic jams and unpredictable weather may be the two things American translator and editor John McGlynn hates most about Jakarta, but these have not stopped him from making the city his home for the last 32 years. McGlynn's passion for Indonesian culture and literature runs deep in his veins, too thick for him to be able to leave, even after briefly "trying". He suggested several reasons for his decision to stay, but the main reason was to guard his "child", the Lontar Foundation, which he helped set up with four noted Indonesian writers in 1987; hoping to promote Indonesia to the rest of the world through literature and culture. "I view it as my child. The original idea was mine and we have some very good people who helped build it, but it wouldn't be where it is today without the help of many, many people," McGlynn...