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Jakarta Post

Chronicles from quarantine: Stories from self-isolation

  • Shadine Taufik


Jakarta   /   Mon, October 26 2020   /  01:00 am
On the shelf: Participants of Dewi Lestari’s online writing workshop share their pandemic woes in a book. (Courtesy of Kaizen Semut Merah/-)

Writer Gardini Eve reflects on the impacts the pandemic has had on her life and society as whole. Leticia Ong tells the story of the fictional Dimas, who looks upon his date with Keandra and the heartbreak that comes along with digitally mediated romance.  Stories by the two writers were published in Cerita Saat Jeda: Kumpulan Rasa Saat Pandemi Menjemput (Stories During the Pause: A Collection of Feelings at Time of Pandemic). They were among the 27 writers and participants of renowned author Dewi “Dee” Lestari’s online kaizen writing workshop who got their stories published in the anthology. “We know that Shakespeare wrote many of his works during the Black Death pandemic. Perhaps during that time he felt crazed because he could not go anywhere because he self-quarantined, and [we see the same thing happening] in the modern age,” said Dee, who...