Themes to Go South
There are certain common themes in literature from certain countries that gets written (and published) again and again. Especially from the view of English speaking readers, the themes became “emblematic” of the countries they represent. In Indonesia, the theme is the mass killings of 1965-1966 (among the works recently translated into English, Home by Leila Chudori, The Question of Red by Laksmi Pamuntjak, and to some degrees The Beauty is Wound by Eka Kurniawan, talked about this theme). Or maybe “dictatorship” in Latin American novels, or “famine and poverty” in African novels.
Ruhaeni Intan (Novelist, “Arapaima”)
Mawa Kresna (In-depth Reporter for Tirto.id)
Raisa Kamila (Researcher)