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From Indonesia to Germany: The story of Nuril Basri

  • Katrin Figge

    Contributor

Berlin   /   Thu, October 11 2018   /  03:22 am
Nuril Basri (Katrin Figge)

Nuril Basri (Katrin Figge)Indonesian writer Nuril Basri, who is currently in Germany on a research grant from the Robert Bosch foundation and Literarisches Colloquium Berlin, takes part in this year’s Frankfurt Book Fair.Author Nuril Basri comes from a very small village in Tangerang, Banten, where his father had a job as a janitor and his mother worked in the rice fields. His childhood was simple and modest — there wasn’t much time or money for reading books. “One day, when I was 4 or 5 years old, my dad came home with a graphic novel, and apparently I asked my mom to read that story to me every day,” Nuril recalls. “She told me that even though it was always the same story, I never got bored listening to her.” While reading material was scarce, Nuril was always a good listener and had a rich imagination. But it was only in university — he studied English at the Islamic ...