Leila S. Chudori (Jakarta, 1962) is Indonesia’s most prominent and outspoken female author and journalist. She has worked at the renowned Indonesian newsmagazine TEMPO since 1989, where she is now Senior Editor. A scholarship recipient, she completed university studies at Trent University in Canada and returned to Indonesia in 1988. Chudori started publishing as a child at the age of 12 in children’s magazines, and she is the author of several anthologies of short stories, novels, TV scripts, and film scripts. Chudori is considered one of Indonesia’s boldest storytellers.
Now Available from Deep Vellum Publishing
An epic saga of “families and friends entangled in the cruel snare of history” (Time Magazine), Home combines political repression and exile with a spicy mixture of love, family, and food, alternating between Paris and Jakarta in the time between Suharto’s 1965 rise to power and downfall in 1998, further illuminating Indonesia’s tragic twentieth-century history popularized by the Oscar-nominated documentary The Act of Killing.