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Book Title: The Question of Red|
The author of the book: Laksmi Pamuntjak
Date of issue: October 31st 2013
ISBN 13: 9789792299830
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 28.26 MB
Edition: Gramedia Pustaka Utama
Read full description of the books The Question of Red:The Question of Red tells the story of two lovers, Amba and Bhisma, driven apart by one of the bloodiest Communist purges in the 20th century—the massacres that took place in Indonesia between 1965 and 1968, during which nearly one million people were killed.
From rural Java and Yogyakarta to the prison camps of Buru Island (where 12,000 alleged Communists were incarcerated without trial during the Suharto administration), the lives of the central characters interpret the Mahabharata—that timeless allegory of war within a family—with a modern twist.
Read information about the authorLaksmi Pamuntjak is a bilingual Indonesian novelist, poet, food writer, journalist and co-founder of Aksara Bookstore. She works as an art and food consultant and writes for numerous local and international publications including opinion articles for the Guardian.
She is the author of two collections of poetry (one of which, Ellipsis, appeared in the 2005 Herald UK Books of the Year pages); a treatise on the relationship between man and violence based on the Iliad; a collection of short stories based on paintings; five editions of the best-selling and award-winning Jakarta Good Food Guide; two translations of the works of Indonesian poet and essayist Goenawan Mohamad; and two best-selling novels.
Amba/The Question of Red, Pamuntjak’s bestselling first novel, won Germany’s LiBeraturpreis in 2016, was short-listed for the 2012 Khatulistiwa Literary Award, appeared on the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung’s Top 8 list of the best books of the Frankfurt Book Fair 2015, and was named best work of fiction from Asia, America, Latin America, and the Caribbean translated into German on the Weltempfaenger (Receivers of the World) list. The novel is a modern take on the Hindu epic Mahabharata set against the backdrop of the Indonesian mass killings of 1965 and the Buru penal colony, and has been translated into English, German (Alle Farben Rot, 2015) and Dutch (Amba of De Kleur Van Rood, 2015). It also appeared in De Bild's Top 10 Books of the Frankfurt Book Fair 2015, and the ORF Kultur Top 10 List for November 2015.
Pamuntjak was selected as the Indonesian representative for Poetry Parnassus at the 2012 London Olympics. Her prose and poetry have been published in many international literary journals. She currently divides her time between Berlin and Jakarta.
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