In Other Words: Forty Years of Essays
Goenawan Mohamad is one of Indonesia's foremost literary figures and public intellectuals, and this translated volume of essays, from 1968 to 2014, demonstrates the breadth of his perceptive and elegant commentary on literature, faith, mythology, politics, history and Indonesian life. With almost 100 short essays, most taken from his popular columns in Tempo, the Indonesian-language news weekly, In Other Words shows a writer committed to Indonesia but grappling with universal themes and struggles, offering a fascinating insight into questions that concern us all.
Goenawan Mohamad is a leading Indonesian public intellectual, journalist, poet and activist. In 1971 he co-founded Tempo magazine, and was its' chief editor until 2000. As well as his weekly Tempo columns, which he continues to write, Goenawan has published four volumes of poetry and several books of literacy and philosphical essays, including English-language editions of his essays Sidelines (1994),Conversations with Difference(2002) and Sharp Times(2011). Jennifer Lindsay first went to Indonesia in 1971 and lived there for 25 years. She has translated many literary and academic works from Indonesian into English and has been translating Goenawan Mohamad's essay since 1992. Jennifer's edited volume, Between Tongues: Translation and/of/in Performance in Asia was published in 2006. A columnist for Indonesia's weekly magazine, Tempo, she focuses her academic writing on Indonesia culture, language and history.