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Tracing the Indonesian literary scene’s ‘Russian connection’

  • Sebastian Partogi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, January 7 2019   /  03:18 am

Russia House: Indonesian poet and University of Indonesia’s (UI) School of Humanities lecturer Zeffrey Alkatiri (far right) poses for a photograph with faculty members of the UI’s Humanities School of Russian studies department on the sidelines of a meeting in Depok, West Java. (Courtesy of Zeffrey Alkatiri)Indonesian literary editors and writers share their stories on how the works of Russian writers, along with the complex historical and sociopolitical context that frame these works, has left an imprint on their current literary careers.PT Gramedia Pustaka Utama editor Mirna Yulistianti is one of them.She said that since her senior high school days, she had always been interested in linguistics. Therefore, she decided to specialize in language, which is often considered by Indonesians as having ‘third-class’ status compared to the more prestigious natural sciences (first-class)...