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Jakarta Post

Sitor Situmorang: Always a wanderer

  • Anissa S. Febrina

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, October 26 2009   /  10:27 am

JP/J. AdigunaYears have passed, thoughts matured, places left and revisited. Eighty-five times has poet Sitor Situmorang celebrated his birthday and his works, but one thing has remained the same: Always a traveler, always a wanderer.So he has been, literally and spiritually.“When your brain stops wandering and your mind stops working, you stop living,” the renowned writer said on the sidelines of his 85th birthday celebrations at Erasmus Huis last week.Sitor has literally wandered from Harianboho, a small village in a valley west of North Sumatra’s Lake Toba (where he was born), to Medan, Jakarta and Yogyakarta, and then on to several cities in France, Pakis-tan and Holland.Professionally, he left all the privileges of being an heir to a clan leader to become a journalist, a poet and, most recently, a self-made anthropologist whose work on the socio-political institution of Batak ...