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Jakarta Post

JILF showcases Indonesia’s ‘wild literature’

  • Tertiani ZB Simanjuntak

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, August 26 2019   /  12:13 am
Mandatory reading material: A visitor looks at the original copies of Balai Pustaka’s canons. Some of the books are still reprinted and used in schools.(JP/Tertiani ZB Simanjuntak)(JP/Tertiani ZB Simanjuntak)

Mandatory reading material: A visitor looks at the original copies of Balai Pustaka’s canons. Some of the books are still reprinted and used in schools.(JP/Tertiani ZB Simanjuntak)The exhibition’s title, Colonial Bastard: The Forbidden Fictions, is as intriguing as the collection of magazines, newspapers and pocketbooks that were published in the country since the early 1900s.Although only a few of them had been put on display at Teater Kecil in the Taman Ismail Marzuki arts and culture center in Central Jakarta, the numbers of copies, as well as the varied genres, were enough to show how rich the nation’s literary tradition was in the past.“While we question the nation’s reading interests today, we have historical records as a comparison,” Isyana Artharini, one of the curators of the Jakarta International Literary Festival, told The Jakarta Post.“This exhibition shows the ...