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Jakarta Post

Laksmi Pamuntjak: Beauty of the abyss

  • Niken Prathivi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, October 21 2012   /  07:00 am

Poet and writer Laksmi Pamuntjak paints a new reality to the country’s 1965 tragedy.

The slim figure of writer and poet Laksmi Pamuntjak wanders around Aksara bookstore at a mall in Central Jakarta, saying hello to some guests while mingling with others at the launch of her latest work, Amba.

After an eight-year hiatus, Laksmi has successfully completed her work of historical fiction, which she started in 2003.

The novel is a modern take on the story of Amba and Bhisma from the Mahabharata epic. The chronicle is set against the backdrop of the bloody historical events of 1965 and the penal colony of Buru Island, an island in the western part of Maluku.

Laksmi is already known for her five editions of The Jakarta Good Food Guide in 2001-2003 and 2008-2009. She also published her second poetry collection, Anagram, in 2007. Later in 2007, she translated Gunawa...