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Djenar takes on 14 men in new short story anthology

  • Paul Agusta

    Contributor

Jakarta   /   Sun, January 23 2011   /  10:36 am

There isn’t much that can be said about Djenar Maesa Ayu that hasn’t already been said or written about before. This 38-year-old woman has long proven to be formidable in all the roles that she has taken on in her life: novelist, short story writer, actress, screenwriter, filmmaker and, most importantly, the roles that she is most proud of — being a mother to two daughters and a grandmother to a baby girl. Some have called her sexually frank work provocative and lurid, while others have denounced her as a shameless attention seeker.  But, as her close friends and many admirers know, she is simply a woman who is not afraid to be outspoken, someone who is comfortable and confident in her womanhood and a person who feels no need for pretention. She is merely herself. One might even argue that if she were male, her detractors would probably have no fuel to stoke the fire.She has l...