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This is easily one of the most inventive, urgent and passionate texts I've read. It's also a testament to what skilled translators, the neglected heroes of the world literature scene, can achieve. Hats off to you, Ward Keeler.(Ann Morgan ayearofreadingtheworld.com 2012-01-00)
The exuberance and the deep feelings of this well-translated tour de force should help push this book into the hands of readers from many backgrounds. Father Mangunwijaya's novel escapes many strictures.(Journal of Asian Studies)
The exuberance and deep feelings of this well-translated tour de force should help push this book into the hands of readers from many backgrounds.(The Journal of Asian Studies)
Ward Keeler's brilliant translation of this 1991 Indonesian classic could not be a more impressively persuasive interpretation..(Multicultural Review)
Durga/Umayi provides a fascinating window on Indonesian politics and culture, in addition to being a particularly interesting example of Indonesian literature. Its descriptions of violence and the effects of it on ordinary people are truly outstanding. Its uniquely Indonesian style of magical realism, and the feminist twist, give it an added attraction in the context of contemporary literature.(Dr. Patricia Henry, Northern Illinois University) See all Product Description