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The Latin American literature connection

  • Lara Norgaard

    Contributor

Jakarta   /   Mon, December 9 2019   /  12:58 am
Charmed: Indonesian writers Dea Anugrah (left) and Sabda Armandio draw on Latin American literature in their creative processes. (Photo by Lara Norgaard)

Charmed: Indonesian writers Dea Anugrah (left) and Sabda Armandio draw on Latin American literature in their creative processes. (Photo by Lara Norgaard)Many contemporary Indonesian authors are fascinated by and even draw on Latin American literature. And the big question is, can they influence their Latin American counterparts in the same way?Mexico was a country Dea Anugrah only knew from books. The Indonesian author explored Mexico City’s gritty streets through Roberto Bolaño’s cutting prose, which also introduced him to more than a few Mexican drug lords alongside Juan Pablo Villalobos’s character Tochtli.However, it was in August 2017, with a grant from the National Book Committee and a few Alejandro Zambra novels tucked in his bag, that he first set foot in Latin America.“It felt like going home,” Dea said on a hot, dusty afternoon in Kemang, South Jakarta, whe...