Aruna dan Lidahnya

"Prologue': Aruna and Her Palate," appears in the Autumn 2015 issue of Asia Literary Review. It is the prologue to the English translation of Laksmi's second novel, Aruna dan Lidahnya (2014), an Indonesian national bestseller, now in its 3rd edition: an experimental prologue in a single sentence that stretches to 2,700 words. The PDF is downloadable, please click the button below.
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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, US-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. 

Title: Aruna and Her Palate, Author: Laksmi Pamuntjak, Publisher: Gramedia Pustaka Utama, Publication Date: November 2014, No of Pages: 426

Praise for "Aruna dan Lidahnya":

  • Undeniably an apposite piece of literature for those who yearn to venerate gustatory mood. This book was written with a sensitive profundity of sentient affairs and sharpened by provocative taste acuity. My common sense and saliva were dancing gracefully while I was enjoying every chapter. Totally adore it!

    - Lisa Virgiano - Indonesian culinary expert, culinary activist, co-founder of Azanaya and Jakarta Culinary Underground

  • ... Dengan diksi yang kaya... dan hanya dengan kemampuan Laksmi yang begitu telaten mengolah kata-kata layaknya seorang chef, novel ini tidak terjebak menjadi pop maupun terlalu tinggi untuk dikunyah pembaca medioker sekaligus...

    - Dewi Ria Utari, Editor in Chief, Saraswati (edisi Januari 2005)

  • Banyak pembaca urban usia 30-an akan dengan mudah bilang "Ini gue banget" setelah membaca novel Aruna dan Lidahnya. Banyak hal yang dengan mudah membuat saya mengidentifikasi diri dengan novel ini. Terutama ketika kuliner sudah menjadi urban lifestyle.

    - Dewi Ria Utari, Journalist, @writingria

  • Tantalizing ... harmonious ... exhilarating

    - Kompas, 2015

"Sensitive ... provocative ... profound. Totally adore it!

- Lisa Virgiano, culinary activist, co-founder of Azanaya and Jakarta Culinary Underground

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