A letter to Habermas

A letter to Habermas

Dear Jurgen,

This is the first letter I have written for fifteen years. Since then, the letter as you and I know it has been forgotten, just like people have…

The Survival of Malay Fiction in Singapore

by: Okky Madasari

A room inside the Woodlands Regional Library is full of new and aspiring writers, as well as several established ones, on a Saturday afternoon. They’re discussing various…

Islam, Capitalism, and Literature

by: Okky Madasari

NEARLY SEVENTEEN YEARS after the fall of Suharto’s totalitarian New Order regime, Indonesia is a different nation, and many changes have taken place inside South-East Asia’s biggest…

Membaca Nh Dini Hari Ini

Oleh: Okky Madasari

Nh Dini telah mangkat. Ia pergi dengan meninggalkan puluhan karya yang tak akan pernah usang untuk dibaca dan dikaji oleh generasi hari ini dan generasi masa depan.…

The illusion of ASEAN and how literature can help

by: Okky Madasari

This month ASEAN celebrates its 49th anniversary. What does it mean for us? 

For almost half a century, ASEAN has been a big illusion fed to all…

Fiction and our despair: A real story of real people

by: Okky Madasari

So, what does fiction mean?

This question returned to haunt my mind when someone asked me to write an introduction for her book based on a piece…

Memasuki Jagat Sastra Malaysia lewat Lelaki yang Membunuh Kenangan

Oleh: Okky Madasari

Faisal Tehrani adalah nama besar di Malaysia, tapi masih cukup asing di Indonesia. Pun ketika tahun 2017 ia hadir di Jakarta dalam perhelatan ASEAN Literary Festival untuk…

On Fiction and Translation

Your fiction often deals with themes of religion, belonging and rejection, and being an outsider in one way or another. What draws you to these themes, and how did they…

Sastra Anak: Antara Imajinasi dan Ideologi

Bisa ceritakan bagaimana ide dan proses kreatif Mata di Tanah Melus juga berapa lama pembuatannya?

Ide Mata di Tanah Melus hadir saat saya dikirim oleh Badan Bahasa ke Belu, Nusa…