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Indonesia is entering new time with books

  • Max Lane

    Yogyakarta

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Yogyakarta   /   Sat, January 23 2021   /  01:30 am
Google Doodle celebrates the 92nd birthday of Indonesia's renowned writers Pramoedya Ananta Toer.(google.co.id/File)

During December 2020, Indonesian playwright and theatre producer and director, Faiza Mardzoeki, produced five different film-theatre productions of a contemporary Norwegian play, Time Without Books (TWB). The productions were directed by five women theatre directors based in Banda Aceh, Jakarta, Bandung, Yogyakarta and Makassar. Faiza also translated the play (from the English), published in Indonesian in December as Waktu Tanpa Buku (Time Without Books), which was written by Lene Therese Teigen. The translation was supported by the Norwegian Literature Abroad. This is a Norwegian play, but about Uruguayans, presented to Indonesians. There are many aspects of the human condition or of history that can be appreciated across borders and historical periods. In this case, it is clear what is shared by both Urugauy and Indonesia is the catastrophe of military dictatorship and the suffer...