Co-presented with the GARDNER CENTER FOR ASIAN ART & IDEAS.
This past year finally saw the translation and U.S. publication of some extraordinary fiction coming from Indonesia. At the Seattle Asian Art Museum last fall, readers got to hear one of these Indonesian writers, Eka Kurniawan. This evening, we get to meet and hear another, Leila S. Chudori, with her powerful novel of political turmoil and intrigue, Home (Deep Vellum, translated from the Indonesian by John H. McGlynn). Recipient of the 2012 Khatulistiwa Literary Award, Indonesia’s most prestigious, Home ranges from 1965 with that year’s anti-Communist massacres to the overthrow of Suharto in 1998. “An epic, ambitious slab of fiction crammed with a rich and diverse cast of characters whose lives have been swept along by Indonesia’s dramatic and at times extremely tragic contemporary history…A wonderful exercise in humanism by a prodigious and impressive storyteller.” – Jakarta Globe.
Free admission. The Seattle Asian Art Museum is at 1400 East Prospect Street in Volunteer Park.