The Last Gods of Indochine

Synopsis: Jacquie Mouhot and Paaku the Lotus-Born are divided by six centuries but linked by a common curse. In medieval Cambodia, Paaku is an orphan whose community believes he may be a reluctant incarnation of a god, causing sectarian turmoil for the kingdom’s...

Drought

Synopsis Drought, a translation of Iwan Simatupang’s novel, Kering (1972), is a joyous celebration of life and human commitment. Its hero is an ex-student, ex-soldier, and ex-bandit, who decides to transmigrate to one of the outer islands of Indonesia to restart life...

The Lontar Anthology of Indonesian Drama Vol. 3

Summary: Beginning in the mid-1960s, Indonesian theater implicated itself in national politics as a critique of prevailing social conditions. The plays in this volume, dating from 1965 to 1998, provide a window into a society in transition caught between the legacy of...

The Lontar Anthology of Indonesian Drama Vol. 2

Summary: This volume looks at the styles and issues that characterized Indonesian national theater from the 1920s to the 1960s. Just governance, women’s rights, endemic poverty, and corruption are just a few of the themes taken up by Indonesian playwrights of...

The Lontar Anthology of Indonesian Drama Vol. 1

Summary: Born in the late 19th century, Indonesian popular theater addressed the mass urban audience. This new theater was fast paced; some plays were escapist, others nationalistic. This volume presents the diverse genres that make up that theater: Middle Eastern...