(Indonesia, 1970) is a writer and a journalist. In her work the violence in Indonesia is a leitmotiv. In her book Jangan Tulis Kami Teroris (Don't portray us as terrorists) she not only highlights the religious, political and gender themes in her own country, but also scrutinises other south-east Asian countries. She has won many prizes: among others the Human Rights Award for the best essay. Recently she was recipient of the prestigious South-East-Asia Literature Prize 2013. In Tongkat Sultan (The Sultan's Stick) she tells about the thirty-year old conflict in Aceh, the social political situation and the peace process after the tsunami. Part of this novel was adapted for opera and performed at the World PEN Forum in Japan. In 2009 she was, together with Christine Otten, Antjie Krog (South Africa) and Gündüz Vassaf (Turkey) a guest at the International Literature Festival Morocco, on behalf of Writers Unlimited. She is now working on a novel about the tensions and conflicts of post-Suharto Indonesia.(WU 2014 GR - R?)
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Nothing better than telling each other stories. Stories form afar and closer to home told by students of the Institute of Social Studies and the Haagse Hogeschool, by the audience, and by foreign writers. I did it my way is the subject of the stories: about an important moment of choice in one's life.
Students of the ISS, mostly coming from southern countries, are guided in telling their stories by drama experts of De Kosmonaut, who give them workshops in the months preceding the festival. Students of the Haagse Hogeschool write their stories together with drama teacher Martine Zeeman.
Three writers, guests of the festival, also participate: poet Antjie Krog (South Africa), poet Rodaan Al Galidi (Iraq/the Netherlands) and writer Linda Christanty (Indonesia).The programme is bilingual: Dutch and English. The storytellers are accompanied by the music of the Mozambican singer/guitarist Neco Novellas. Do you have a five-minute story that fits in? There's no need to register. Just shout!
Which texts from world literature has Linda Christanty from Indonesia cherished as long as she lives? This most beautiful or most inspiring text can be a poem, an excerpt from a novel or a song-text. She discusses the text with the audience. In English.
We plunge into a crucial episode in our history: 1945-1950. WOII had ended, but in the former Dutch East Indies the struggle which went hand in hand with colonisation was still raging vehemently. Ian Buruma looks into East-West relations in 1945 in his latest book The Year Zero. In January Ad van Liempt publishes his After Liberation: the Bad Years between 1945-1950, a book and a seven-part tv series in which he deals with the changing relation between the Netherlands and the former Dutch East Indies. The Indonesian writer Linda Christanty opens the programme with her view on that period, which changed the balance of power for good and Indonesia breaking away from the Netherlands. In Dutch.
Two writers with diverse cultural backgrounds talk about the role of sex and violence in their literary work. The Indonesian writer Linda Christanty highlights religious, political and gender themes. In his novels Gary Barker - who calls himself a 'masculine feminist' - describes love in times of violence and war, situated in Latin America and Congo. In English.
Gary Barker replaces the Chinese Geling Yan, who for health reasons will not perfom today. She will be peforming on Saturday night.