Emerging and established writers tell about hardship and heartbreak, about love, and hope for a better future.
In October 2015, Indonesia was the Guest of Honour country at Frankfurt Book Fair.The launch of this on-line anthology aims to give an insight into the rich world of stories from the Indonesian Archipelago, taking the reader to different islands, ethnic groups, languages and religions. Emerging and established writers tell about hardship and heartbreak, about love, and hope for a better future.
This first batch of stories—More are being planned!—were first published in the yearly anthologies compiled and edited by the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival. The festival, founded in 2003, is strongly committed to introducing Indonesian writers to an international audience. That same mission drives the Lontar Foundation, which was founded in 1987 and today, more than two decades later, continues to be the only organization in the world whose primary focus is the promotion of Indonesia through literary translations.
Ever since 1962, Goethe-Institut Indonesien has actively supported cultural exchange between Indonesia and Germany. Literary translation plays an important role in this exchange.
The year 2015, with Indonesia as Guest of Honour country at the Frankfurt Book Fair and the “German Season” in Indonesia, will provide many opportunities to share stories between authors from both countries, and with readers from all parts of the globe.