This book contains 49 poems and 11 prose texts by Laksmi Pamuntjak, newly and previously published, collected over a period of 15 years. The introduction is by the Hong Kong-based renowned poet Viki Holmes.

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Great literature lights our way and helps us to understand distant worlds; the best books make us part of those worlds - with all their horror, as well as their resplendence and intelligence. That's the kind of literature that Laksmi Pamuntjak writes.

- Jose Eduardo Agualusa, for "Amba/The Question of Red

Laksmi's Foodprint


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

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Laksmi's latest book, There Are Tears In Things: Collected Poems and Prose (2001-2016) by Laksmi Pamuntjak (Publication Date: 3 OCTOBER) is available at Gramedia and Aksara Bookstore outlets in Jakarta, and at

Laksmi Pamuntjak's national bestselling and acclaimed first novel, "The Question of Red," (American release: 12 JULY), is available at Gramedia and Aksara Bookstores in Jakarta, Kinokuniya Singapore, select bookstores in the UK and in the US, and through 

Winner of the 2016 Liberaturpreis in Germany, this novel combines myth, culture and politics in a beguiling tale of profound love, set against the background of the Indonesian genocide of 1965. In Fall 2015, the novel was #1 on Germany's prestigious Weltempfaenger (Receivers of the World) list of the best work of fiction from Asia, Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean and the Arab World translated into German."  


• The US version of The Question of Red (American Release Date: 12 July 2016) is now available at

• "Amba/The Question of Red," available in German under the title "Alle Farben Rot" (Berlin: Ullstein Verlag, 2015)

• "Amba/The Question of Red," available in Dutch under the title "Amba of De Kleur van Rood" (Amsterdam: Xander Uitgevers, 2015)

• Laksmi's second novel, "Aruna dan Lidahnya" (soon to be published, in early 2017, in the US under the title "Aruna and Her Palate"), is available in every Gramedia outlets and major bookstores in Indonesia (Jakarta: Gramedia Pustaka Utama, 2014)

• The new Indonesian (revised) version of Laksmi's first national bestselling novel, "Amba," is available in every Gramedia outlet and major bookstore in Indonesia (Jakarta: Gramedia Pustaka Utama, 2014)


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