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E.S. Ito: In fiction, reality works better

  • Adisti Sukma Sawitri

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, March 18 2012   /  10:28 am

E.S. Ito: Photo Courtesy of E.S. Ito Writer Eddri Sumitra, or better known as E.S. Ito, has a certain longing for the past.

The 31-year-old man dropped out of his accounting studies at the University of Indonesia to twist historical facts and turn them into Indiana Jones-like adventure novels, complete with action, suspense and his own philosophy.

In his first novel Negara Kelima ( 2005 ), he tried to convince us that Indonesia is the lost Atlantis, while in his second book Rahasia Meede ( 2007 ), he mused about the secret treasure that the Dutch trading empire VOC kept in the country.

“Writing has nothing to do with imagination, but memory,” he said.

He used to write his own version of reality in his private website itonesia.com, currently suspended after his post speculating about the runaway story of politician Muhammad Nazaruddin.

Among his ...