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The long life of short stories

  • Tertiani ZB Simanjuntak

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, June 17 2017   /  12:17 am
Recognition: Tanah Air (Motherland) is displayed during a gala at the Bentara Budaya building in Jakarta on Thursday. The book was named after the piece of fiction written by Martin Aleida that was selected as the Best Short Story of the Year published in the Kompas daily in 2016.(JP/Wendra Ajistyatama)(Motherland) is displayed during a gala at the Bentara Budaya building in Jakarta on Thursday. The book was named after the piece of fiction written by Martin Aleida that was selected as the Best Short Story of the Year published in the Kompas daily in 2016.(JP/Wendra Ajistyatama)

Recognition: Tanah Air (Motherland) is displayed during a gala at the Bentara Budaya building in Jakarta on Thursday. The book was named after the piece of fiction written by Martin Aleida that was selected as the Best Short Story of the Year published in the Kompas daily in 2016.(JP/Wendra Ajistyatama)Cyber-literature is a thing nowadays in which readers are able to have real-time interaction with authors, feeding them with praise or “blahs.” The digital platform may bring inspiring writers to stardom or stop them at first try at posting a short story, but its popularity in Indonesia has not yet been able to replace the prevailing vehicle for literary work: the printed newspaper.

Kompas, one of the oldest national dailies, serves as the antithesis of digital media domination by having published short stories in its Sunday edition since day one in 1965. The newspaper has archi...