Faith in Writing: Forty Years of Essays
by Goenawan Mohamad. Translated by Jennifer Lindsay
Through the difficult days of Indonesia's authoritarianism, in the face of violence, through the euphoria of democratic transition, and ensuing disillusionment, one Indonesian writer has never lost faith in the act of writing. Goenawan Mohamad is an activist, journalist, editor, essayist, poet, commentator, theatre director and playwright. These essays, translated by his long-time collaborator Jennifer Lindsay, reveal a vision both uniquely Indonesian and completely universal.
“These humane and wonderful essays take us into the unfamiliar but pressing issues of Indonesia in a way that will galvanise the attention of readers. Goenawan Mohamed speaks for humanity, complexity, nuance, and ultimate justice. On the way he provides a marvellous read.”
Thomas Keneally, Booker Prize winning author of Schindler’s Ark
"This collection is a thing of beauty—that rare book that touches the mind, heart and soul. It is eye-opening, mind-boggling, thought-provoking, awareness-raising and, hopefully, attitude-changing."
Andreas Winardi, Duta Wacana Christian University
Goenawan Mohamad (b. 1941) is an acclaimed Indonesian writer and man of letters.
Jennifer Lindsay has been translating Goenawan’s columns since 1992.
Publication Year: 2015
376 pages, 215mm x 140mm