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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 Nove...