Indonesia got a little out of control. There were thirteen books on my list, so I started to do a little research to see if I could knock a few of them off, and ended up adding eight more. I did manage to take three off the list: Indonesia, etc.: Exploring the Improbable Nation by Elizabeth Pisani (even though a friend recommended it, because it’s non-fiction and the author is not Indonesian); Pain and Suffering by Merari Siregar because it doesn’t seem to have been translated into English; and Oceanic Mythology by Roland B. Dixon because I read the first two sections (on Australia and Polynesia) and hated it. So now I have a list of eighteen, and am working my way through them. There is no way I’m going to finish this reading list before I die, but hopefully if there’s an afterlife there will be books there, I guess.

  1. Desawarnana, Mpu Prapanca, 1365
    1. Translation 1: Java in the Fourteenth Century, Theodore G. Th. Pigeaud, 1960
    2. Translation 2: S.O. Robson, 1995
  2. Blossoms of Longing: Ancient Verses of Love and Lament from the Old Javanese, trans. Thomas M. Hunter, 1998 (texts from 12th-14th c.)
  3. Max Havelaar: Or the Coffee Auctions of the Dutch Trading Company, Multatuli, 1820
  4. Sitti Nurbaya: A Love Unrealized, Marah Rusli
  5. The Black Lake, Hella Haasse, 1948
  6. The Ten Thousand Things, Maria Dermoût, 1955
  7. This Earth of Mankind, Pramoedya Ananta Toer, 1975
  8. The Weaverbirds, Y.B. Mangunwijaya, 1981
  9. Jazz, Perfume, and the Incident, Seno Gumira Ajidarma, 1996
  10. Saman, Ayu Utami, 1998
  11. Earth Dance, Oka Rusmini, 2003
  12. The Original Dream, Nukila Amal, 2003
  13. The Rainbow Troops, Andrea Hirata, 2005
  14. The Birth of I La Galigo, Mohamad Salim, John H. McGlynn, Sapardi Djoko Damono, 2005
  15. Daughters of Papua, Anindita S. Thayf, 2009
  16. The Outcast, Okky Madasari, 2012
  17. Kei, Erni Aladjai, 2013
  18. Potions and Paper Cranes, Lan Fang, 2013


Not read:

  • Oceanic Mythology (Indonesia Section), Roland B. Dixon, 1916
  • Pain and Suffering (Azab dan Sengsara), Merari Siregar, 1920
  • Indonesia, etc.: Exploring the Improbable Nation, Elizabeth Pisani, 2014