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Erwin Arnada: Living with literature

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, January 6 2013   /  01:52 pm
(JP/Indah Setiawati)(JP/Indah Setiawati)

(JP/Indah Setiawati)The former editor of Indonesia’s now-defunct Playboy magazine, Erwin Arnada, directed Rumah di Seribu Ombak (House at a Thousand Waves), a film on poverty and pluralism adapted from the novel he wrote while serving out his prison sentence.

Erwin’s hard work has paid off. The movie secured four Citra Awards — for best script, picture and sound editing and a special award for young actor — at the 2012 Indonesian Film Festival.

These writings have inspired Erwin in various ways.

The Death of Ivan Ilych by Leo Tolstoy

In my opinion, this book is cooler than Tolstoy’s other books such as War and Peace or Anna Karenina. In this book, the big Russian author talks about death as “a new reality”.

Using the characters in the book, he concludes that an uneventful life would be worse than death. Life prepares us to enter a new rea...