Black Clouds Over the Isle of Gods and Other Modern Indonesian Short Stories

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David M. E. Roskies
M.E. Sharpe, 1997 - Fiction - 223 pages
Here is an open door into one of the most complex societies in the world today. These colorful stories, each uniquely different in style and subject matter, take issue with worn stereotypes and reflect both everyday life and the great upheavals that have marked modern Indonesian national life: the end of Dutch and then Japanese colonial rule, the bloody collapse of Sukarno's Old Order, subsequent consolidation of a regime commited to development, and coming soon a major and unpredictable leadership transition as Soeharto's thirty-year rule winds down. With a population approaching 200 million speaking 583 languages spread across 13,600 islands on 3 million square miles of ocean and with one of the world's largest economies, growing fast in the midst of persistent poverty, Indonesia demands our attention and understanding. Yet information about it is woefully scarce.

Anyone interested in Indonesia and its literature will find "Nusantara" (Homeland), expertly translated and introduced, an excellent place to,begin.

 

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Contents

Three Tales From the Occupation Idrus
3
For Hire Pramoedya Ananta Toer
14
A Twist of Fate Achdiat Karta Mihardja
24
The Helmet A A Navis
35
The Encounter Nasjah Djamin
45
The Last Train But One Satyagraha Hoerip
55
Dearly Departed S N Ratmana
62
Matias Akankari Gerson Poyk
71
The Weirdo Asnelly Luthan
122
Battling With Buffalo F Rahardi
133
Your Child Is Not Your Child Gibran Said Danarto
143
Black Clouds Over the Isle of the Gods Putu Oka Sukanta
154
The Shutterbug Prasetyohadi
164
In the Net RahmatAli
176
Notes and Comments on the Stories and Authors
183
Glossary of Indonesian Terms
215

The Kid Budi Darma
104
The Wallet Putu Wijaya
113
Suggested Reading
221
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