ERIC Number: ED411529
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
Bali: So Many Faces--Short Stories and Other Literary Excerpts in Indonesian.
Cork, Vern, Comp.
This collection of 25 short stories (in Indonesian) by Balinese writers aims to give Bali's writers a wider public. Some of the stories in the collection are distinctly and uniquely Balinese, while others are more universal in their approach and are self-contained. But according to the collection's foreword, in all of the stories, experiences of Bali are presented from the inside, from the other side of the hotels, tour buses, and restaurants of "tourist" Bali. The writers presented come from a range of backgrounds, reflecting the diversity of Balinese society--different castes, differences between urban and rural backgrounds, and varieties of ethnicity are all important to the multiplicity of voices found in the collection. In addition, the collection draws from backgrounds of journalism, theater, cartoons, poetry, and academia, and from writers who may have been born in other parts of Indonesia but who have lived for decades in Bali and reflect Bali's inseparability from the Indonesian nation. The stories consider Balinese life at a time when the sheer pace of change threatens to overwhelm Bali, when tourist development, television, and the international economy seem outside the control of most Balinese. The stories, ranging from black humor to surreal fantasy to down-to-earth realism, speak directly to the Balinese audience to help them make sense of that change--they are powerful social documents and rich artistic creations. Extensive notes are included, and historical and critical information on Balinese literature is attached. (NKA)
Publication Type: Collected Works - General; Creative Works
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Western Sydney Univ., Macarthur (Australia). Language Acquisition Research Centre.; Australian National Languages and Literacy Inst., Deakin.
Identifiers - Location: Indonesia