The Newsletter 52 Winter 2009

Indonesian literature in exile, 1965-1998

Dorothea Schaefter

The events of September 30 1965 had a profound impact on the lives of many Indonesians, including a group of intellectuals and writers who were compelled to live in foreign countries in the aftermath. Despite their political exile, authors refused to be silenced and continued to write and publish poetry, prose and essays. Dorothea Schaefter’s research sheds light on this relatively unknown part of Indonesian literature and examines these exile writings in the wider context of contemporaneous Indonesian literature.

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