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Clarissa’s quantum leap of imagination

  • Sebastian Partogi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, June 26 2019   /  12:32 am
Literary festival: Clarissa Goenawan is among authors to be featured at the Makassar International Writers Festival (MIWF), in its ninth edition this year. (Courtesy of Clarissa Goenawan)

Literary festival: Clarissa Goenawan is among authors to be featured at the Makassar International Writers Festival (MIWF), in its ninth edition this year. (Courtesy of Clarissa Goenawan)Indonesian-born Singaporean writer Clarissa Goenawan has had an intriguing life.Born in the East Java capital of Surabaya, the 31-year-old moved to Singapore for school at the age 16 and has been living there ever since. She wrote her debut novel set in Japan, a compelling narrative, although she never lived in the country long enough to immerse herself in its culture.The novel, Rainbirds ( 2016 ), was published by American publisher SoHo Press. The novel is set in a small fictional Japanese town called Akakawa, where a grieving man named Ren Ishida tries to come to terms with the sudden death of his sister, who was murdered.In 2017, the author beat 805 other entries to win the £2,000 (US$3,580) Bath No...