Events offer insight into Indonesian writing July 11, 2013 Murdoch staff and students are invited to gain an insight into the richness of Indonesian writing at a pair of literary events on Wednesday, July 17. Internationally acclaimed novelist and journalist Leila Chudori will read and discuss her work in conversation with Murdoch’s Chair of Southeast Asian Studies Professor David Hill. The pair will look at her career and delve into her most recent novel, Pulang (Home), based on the lives of four Indonesian journalists exiled in Paris following the 1965 Suharto anti-communist purge. Pulang took six years of research and became an instant bestseller in Indonesia with three reprints within its first three months. “Leila Chudori is an exceptional figure in the Indonesian literary scene and a bold storyteller. Her work doesn’t shy away from strong themes, such as the tackling authoritarianism, chauvinism and the hypocrisy of public morality,” Professor Hill said. “As a senior editor with Tempo – Indonesia’s equivalent to Time magazine – she brings the keen eye of a political journalist to her exceptional abilities as a novelist and award-winning drama writer.” Professor Hill said Ms Chudori was an excellent representative of the robust literary scene in Indonesia, and encouraged readers, those involved in writing and literature and anyone interested in Indonesian culture not to miss her appearance. Professor Hill also invited staff and students to hear John McGlynn, founder and editor of the Lontar Foundation in Jakarta, who will talk about his group’s ongoing translation of all the major works of Indonesian modern literature into English. “John McGlynn’s knowledge of Indonesian literature is encyclopaedic and few, if any, foreigners have contributed so much to its international promotion and success,” David said. John McGlynn will be presenting an Asia Research Centre seminar at 12.30pm in the Senate Conference Room. All are welcome and there is no need to RSVP. Leila Chudori’s event will take place from 5.30 to 7pm in EH2.021. RSVPs are essential, so to book a place, please email firstname.lastname@example.org Print This Post Media contact: Rob Payne Tel: (08) 9360-2491 | Mobile: | Email: email@example.com Categories: Events, Teaching and Learning, Future Students, International students, Schools, International, School of Arts Tags: 1965 coup, asian century, david hill, indonesia, john mcglynn, leila chudori, lontar foundation, pulang, suharto, tempo Leave a comment Name (required) Mail (will not be published) (required) Website You can use these tags : <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong> We read every comment and will make every effort to approve each new comment within one working day. To ensure speedy posting, please keep your comments relevant to the topic of discussion, free of inappropriate language and in-line with the editorial integrity of this newsroom. If not, your comments may not be published. Thanks for commenting!