The Question of Red tells the story of two lovers, Amba and Bhisma, who were driven apart by one of the bloodiest Communist purges in the 20th century—the massacre of up to one million accused Communists in Indonesia between 1965 an...

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The Question of Red signalled Laksmi Pamuntjak's bravery and scope as a writer, and may yet prove to be a landmark work of South East Asian writing.

- Tash Aw, author of Harmony Silk Factory, Map of the Invisible World and Five Star Billionaire.

Laksmi's Foodprint


This site is dedicated to Laksmiā€™s food writing.

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Aruna dan Lidahnya: Sebuah Novel
(Aruna dan Her Palate: A Novel)

Publisher: Gramedia Pustaka Utama
No of Pages: 426 Publication
Date: October 2014

Aruna is in her mid-30s and happily and proudly single. She is an epidemiologist but her real passion is eating. She thinks and obsesses about food 24/7. When she is dispatched to investigate curious cases of Avian Flu in eight cities in the Indonesian archipelago, she brings along her two best friends, the quirky, internationally-trained chef Bono and the impossibly chic food and travel writer Nadezhda to eat along with her. Insights on food, local history, religion and Indonesian politics merge as they find out more than what they bargained for in cities as diverse as Surabaya, Bangkalan and Pamesan (Madura), Palembang, Medan, Banda Aceh, Pontianak, Singkawang and Mataram.



AMBA: A Novel (New Edition, 2014)

The 4th revised edition of AMBA is now in bookstores nationwide. 

You can purchase it at all Gramedia outlets nationwide, Aksara Bookstore and other English-language bookstores in Jakarta. Also at Silverfish Bookstore in Kuala Lumpur.  Please click here for AMBA and here for The Question of Red.

The German edition of AMBA will be published in Fall 2015 by Ullstein Verlag.


For queries on AMBA/The Question of Red please contact

Kirby Kim
Janklow & Nesbit Associates
445 Park Avenue, 13th Floor
New York, NY 10022
T. 212.421.1700 ext 211

To purchase copies of AMBA/The Question of Red and Aruna dan Lidahnya in Indonesia please contact

Gramedia Pustaka Utama
Gedung Kompas Gramedia 
Jl. Palmerah Barat 29-37, Jakarta
T. 62.21.5365.0110 ext. 3511.3512