Acep Zamzam Noor
(1960, Tasikmalaya, Indonesia) grew up in a traditional religious environment and attended a so called 'pesantren' school (Islamic boardingschool). From 1980 to 1987 he attended an artschool where he learned to paint. He received a scholarship from the Italian government, which enabled him to study at the Universita Italiana per Stranieri, Perugia (1991-1993). His poems have been published in magazines and anthologies in Indonesia and Malaysia.
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Two writers who through their work want to make a conscious contribution towards a new future for Indonesia. The young Molukkan writer Nukila Amal reads from her much praised debute novel Cala Ibi: The main character in the story enters into a dialogue with her mirror image; this a somewhat uncommon literary form in Indonesia. Nukila Amal writes in a very direct open language about her Molukkan past and the future, about dreams and reality, about spirituality and religion and about the difficult relationship between man and woman. Acep Zamzam Noor is one of the most important critical poets of Indonesia. Without raising his voice and with wonderful metaphors, he is able to convey the consequences of the present unrest in Indonesia on the population. Amal and Zamzam Noor will talk with Chris Keulemans. English language.