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Nirwan Dewanto: Berpuisi sebagai Kegiatan Sepi

Di usia 30, Nirwan Dewanto telah menggebrak dunia kebudayaan di Indonesia ketika tampil sebagai pembicara dalam Kongres Kebudayaan 1991. Saat itu Nirwan mengemukakan pemikiran tentang tidak adanya determinan tunggal dalam sejarah kebudayaan  manapun, termasuk Indonesia. Ia seperti menggoyang anggapan yang umum ketika itu, dengan menegaskan tidak ada wakil-wakil resmi kebudayaan Indonesia karena setiap orang secara potensial adalah pencipta kebudayaan.

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Nirwan Dewanto, Writing Poetry is a Lonely Activity

At the age of 30, Nirwan Dewanto took the cultural scene in Indonesia by storm when he spoke at the National Cultural Congress in 1991. At that time, Nirwan set forth his thinking about the lack of a sole determinant in the history of any nation, including Indonesia. He seemed to be attempting to shake mainstream assumptions by emphasizing that there could not be one single representative Indonesian culture because each and every individual had the potential to create culture.

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A.S. Laksana: Si Pencinta Cerita

Berbincang dengan A.S. Laksana, kita akan segera menangkap kecintaannya pada dunia tulis-menulis. Lebih khusus lagi, dunia cerita. Kadang, ia renyah meledek tulisan-tulisan yang menurutnya buruk dari segi bahasa. Kadang, ia serius merisaukan dunia sekitar yang ia pandang sehari-hari. Kadang, ia asyik mengulas teknik dan "pertukangan" kata.

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A.S.Laksana: Story Lover

During any conversation with A.S. Laksana, we will immediately become aware of his love for the world of writing. Most intensely, we will sense how much he adores the world of storytelling itself. He is often highly critical of stories which are poorly written from the language point of view. He also seriously considers the things happening in the world around him on a daily basis, although he also often immerses himself in developing his writing techniques and other issues surrounding the “craft” of using words.  

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Linda Christanty: Aktivisme dan Sastra

Aceh dan Timor Timur banyak berarti bagi Linda Christanty. Sebagai jurnalis, lulusan Sastra Prancis Fakultas Ilmu Budaya Universitas Indonesia ini punya banyak bekal untuk menangkap kisah-kisah tragis dari dunia nyata. Pengalaman semacam di Timor Timur, Aceh, dan daerah-daerah bencana atau konflik di Indonesia lainnya seakan menegaskan watak kepenulisan Linda.

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Linda Christanty: Activism and Literature

Aceh and East Timor hold great significance for Linda Christanty. As a journalist, who graduated with a major in French Literature from the Department of Cultural Studies at the University of Indonesia, she has a firm basis for capturing tragic stories from the real world in her writing. Her experiences in regions of Indonesia affected by natural disasters and conflicts, such as East Timor and Aceh, inform the character of Linda’s writing.  

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Taufiq Ismail: Poet and Advocate of Literacy

Taufiq Ismail seemed delighted at his unexpected meeting with Romo Magnis at Goethe when he came for his interview. He gave him the gift of a thick compendium of his poetry.  

Taufik Ismail is indeed a prolific poet, who is also known for his literary activism. Literary critic HB Jassin, who meticulously compiled a canon of Indonesian literature, listed Taufiq among the Generation of 1966, which HB Jassin described as having been born out of the politic upheaval resulting in the transition from the Soekarno regime to the Soeharto regime.  

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Taufiq Ismail: Penyair Penggiat Literasi

Saat berjumpa tak sengaja dengan Romo Magnis di Goethe dalam rangka wawancara dengan kami, Taufik Ismail tampak gembira. Ia menghadiahkan buku tebal sekali kumpulan lengkap puisinya kepada Romo Magnis.

Taufik Ismail memang seorang penyair yang kuyup oleh kegiatan menulis dan aktivisme sastra. Sebagai penyair, kritikus HB Jassin yang telaten menyusun kanon sastra Indonesia modern menempatkan Taufik dalam Angkatan '66, sebuah angkatan yang dimaknai HB Jassin sebagai lahir dari gejolak politik yang berpuncak peralihan rezim Soekarno ke rezim Soeharto.

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Franz Magnis-Suseno: Border Crosser and Seeker of Knowledge

He is fondly referred to as Romo (Priest) Magnis, which reflects his life’s journey. His given name is Franz Graf von Magnis. He came to Java in 1961 to study theology and philosophy in Jogjakarta. He studied the Javanese language for 13 years before learning the Indonesian language because he wanted to immerse himself completely into the mindset of the Javanese. 

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Frans Magnis Suseno: Pelintas Batas dan Pengabdi

He is fondly referred to as Romo (Priest) Magnis, which reflects his life’s journey. His given name is Franz Graf von Magnis. He came to Java in 1961 to study theology and philosophy in Jogjakarta. He studied the Javanese language for 13 years before learning the Indonesian language because he wanted to immerse himself completely into the mindset of the Javanese. 

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