A unique anthology of hard-hitting contemporary plays exploring a wide range of themes and characters, from religious teens to sex workers to survivors of political turbulence, providing insight into the changing nature of Indonesian society today.
THE SILENT SONG OF THE GENJER FLOWERS by Faiza Mardzoeki translated by Gratiagusti Chananya Rompas & Mikael Johani. Four women friends gather to help Nini reveal a painful secret to her granddaughter about their ordeal in a prison camp, and its consequences.Red Janger by Ibed Surgana Yuga translated by Andy Fuller. A village tries to lay lingering ghosts to rest through the spiritual purification of a mass grave, but one family faces surprising truths.
CUT OUT by Riyadhus Shalihin translated by Alfian Sa’at. A vibrant mash-up of Indonesian history from the village to the top.
SIN by Trisa Triandisa translated by John H. McGlynn from the novel Not a Virgin by Nuril Basri. A group of young men at a religious school explore their sexual identities at a gay nightclub and as sex-workers.
BREAK IN by Agnes Christina A young woman locks herself in her bedroom, talking to the many voices around her. Can she find answers and connections?
BEDFELLOWS by Hanna Fransisca translated by Cobina Gillitt. Centring on a local coffee shop, the play explores rising ethnic conflict and the protest by local people against a Chinese dragon statue.
THE MAKASSAR TRILOGY by Shinta Febriany translated by Alfian Sa’at. Three short plays exploring the break-up of a community and the harmful effects of beach redevelopment on its people.
Foreword by Muhammad Abe & Gunawan Maryanto Introduced by Rebecca KeziaEdited by Cheryl Robson
The first collection of Indonesian plays in English post 2000 published in the world
Inger Christensen (1935-2009) was both a virtuoso and a paradox. Her fiction, drama, essays and children’s books won her wide acclaim in Denmark and other European countries, but it is her poetry – spanning a forty-year period – that best reveals her versatility and depth. Her poetry reflects a complex philosophical background, yet her most complex poetic works have enjoyed wide public popularity. Many of her poems have a visionary quality, yet she is a paradoxically down-to-earth visionary, focusing on the simple stuff of everyday life and in it discovering the metaphysical as if by chance.In alphabet, Christensen creates a framework of psalm-like forms that unfold like expanding universes, crystallising into words both the beauty and the potential for destruction that permeate our world and our times.‘The ecological crisis forms the starting point for a part ecstatic homage to the world and nature, which in spite of everything is still found: partly in the active sense that it exists, partly in the passive sense that it is discovered and understood – by the poet and by us.’ – Erik Skyum-Nielsen‘Inger Christensen’s use of systems in no way inhibits the evolution of her poetry. On the contrary, it is as if the poetry comes about by virtue of the systems; as if it emerges in the interplay and friction with a random, but fixed order. In alphabet, Inger Christensen has created a system by combining the alphabet with Fibonacci’s numeric sequence, in which each number is equal to the sum of the two preceding numbers: 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13 etc. alphabet is about the relationship between people and nature and, like it, is itself a form of creation. With the word exist as the pivot, the poems move – from the first wondering confirmation apricot trees exist – out into the world to life and death, the planet and calamity.’ – Christian Egesholm
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