13 March 2019
London: London Book Fair
Discussion Panel on “Taboo”
Laksmi Pamuntjak, Norman Erikson Pasaribu, Eimear McBride
Chair: Philip Kim
Cross Cultural Hub (3D10) @ LBF
Indonesian writing today is becoming more bold, more inventive, and more determined to say the unsayable. How, through literary experiments, style and themes, are Indonesia’s writers tackling taboos and redefining norms? Laksmi Pamuntjak, author of The Question of Red – which counters the official government history of 1965 – and Norman Erikson Pasaribu, whose poems shine light on queer Indonesian life in the midst of erasure and oppression today, discuss their personal reasons for writing on their chosen subjects, and the need to explore, and unsettle, the dominant narratives.