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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In Laksmi's 2nd novel, Aruna dan Lidahnya (Aruna and Her Palate), we follow the life of the food-obsessed epidemiologist Aruna Rai. As she travels with her friends, the quirky, US-trained, nouvelle cuisine-obsessed chef Bono and the sophisticated travel and food writer Nadezhda Azhari to different parts of the Indonesian archipelago to investigate curious outbreaks of Avian Flu she will find out what happens when food, local history and the politics of deadly diseases are mixed together.

Title: Aruna dan Lidahnya (Aruna and Her Palate)
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Gramedia Pustaka Utama
Publication Date: September/October 2014


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