Author: Haruki Murakami

Memories warm you up from the inside. But they also tear you apart. -Kafka on the Shore, Haruki Murakami Three years ago, if you asked me who my favorite author was, I’d answer “Haruki Murakami” in a heartbeat. Yes, I was low-key obsessed with Murakami. Reading all Murakami’s novels and short stories was on the […]

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si parasit lajang by ayu utami: perception of marriage, female genital mutilation, et cetera

The other day, I read about Ayu Utami from her interview with Whiteboardjournal (here). Ayu is a critical Indonesian novelist whose novel Saman received international accolades. For so long, I thought Indonesian novels have only been about one’s romantic and religious adventures, as those are what usually put on the best-selling list in Gramedia bookstores. That was […]

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Entrok: Novel oleh Okky Madasari

Pertama kali saya melihat Okky Madasari di sebuah panel literatur, saya kira dia artis: Ternyata beliau adalah penulis beberapa novel, yang salah satunya berjudul Entrok. Entrok pun diterjemahkan ke dalam Bahasa Inggris dengan judul The Years of the Voiceless. Arti “entrok” itu sendiri adalah pakaian dalam wanita/bra, itulah mengapa sampul novel Entrok menampilkan seseorang yang […]

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maus: an easy understanding of the holocaust through cartoon

Holocaust: a genocide in which some six million European Jews were killed by Adolf Hitler‘s Nazi Germany (source: Wikipedia) Attempting to tell his father’s stories during the Holocaust, Art Spiegelman decided to draw 2 series of cartoon with only animals as the characters. The cartoon depicts the Jews as mice (hence the title Maus, which means ‘mouse’), Germans […]

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Perempuan Penembus Batas (Majalah Tempo) dan Interseksionalitas Feminisme

Menurut dosen filsafat Universitas Indonesia, Gadis Arivia, feminisme haruslah inklusif dan majemuk. Pada dasarnya, ideologi feminisme harus mengacu kepada interseksionalitas yang mencakup setiap gender, etnis, dan seksualitas. Seseorang bukanlah feminis apabila ia mendukung hak wanita karir tetapi mencemooh, biasanya dengan dasar-dasar gamblang agamawi, pilihan wanita panggilan  dalam mengekspresikan seksualitasnya. Seseorang bukanlah feminis apabila ia mendukung […]

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What really happened in Jewish concentration camps during the dictatorship of adolf hitler

(Keep in mind that I’m only 19, you may disagree with my naive perspectives) The Diary of Anne Frank is an amazing read for those who want to comprehend the activities of Jews during their hiding from Nazi Germany. However, the whole point of the novel is only about hiding behind a bookshelf. Because Anne left her […]

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