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Review: Voices from the unheard


Allen, PM, Review: Voices from the unheard, Inside Indonesia, 114 ISSN 1441-1954 (2013) [Review Single Work]

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In a recent Tempo article, Goenawan Mohamad described 1965 as ‘a kind of code … for a catastrophic occurrence – and because of this, always simplified.’ He went on to observe that 2012 seemed to be a year of remembering, or imagining, 1965. One of the most significant manifestations of that remembering was the special September 2012 edition of Tempo that featured interviews with people who had taken part in murdering communists or suspected communists in 1965-1966. In response to this and to the government-appointed Human Rights Commission report on the conduct of the killings, young people in particular have expressed their shock at discovering an aspect of Indonesia’s past of which they had no previous knowledge. A similar broadening of the discourse on 1965 can be seen in works of fiction reimagining the events of 1965–1966. Such fiction was formerly the domain of authors who had personally lived through the events, such as Umar Kayam and Ahmad Tohari. Now, however, stories on this theme are fictional recollections of an imagined past. The phenomenon of imagining 1965, alluded to by Goenawan Mohamad, has resulted in a flurry of creative output – fiction, theatre, film – over the last 18 months. Examples include the novels Cerita Cinta Enrico by Ayu Utami (2012), Amba by Laksmi Pamuntjak (2012), Candik Ala 1965 by Tinuk Yampolsky (2011) and Ayu Manda by I Made Darmawan (2010).

Item Details

Item Type:Review Single Work
Keywords:Kartini Indonesia
Research Division:Language, Communication and Culture
Research Group:Literary studies
Research Field:Indonesian literature
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Communication
Objective Field:Literature
UTAS Author:Allen, PM (Associate Professor Pamela Allen)
ID Code:109214
Year Published:2013
Deposited By:Office of the School of Humanities
Deposited On:2016-06-03
Last Modified:2016-06-06

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