Nh. Dini's Modernity: An Essay by Laksmi Pamuntjak

Laksmi Pamuntjak on Nh. Dini

It may serve us well to remember that all life outside the immense narratives of history is composed of the stories of average people, those that History with a capital "H" (with its panoptic gaze) often fails to capture. But "all writing," as Susan Sontag says, "is a species of remembering." And remembering is what the Indonesian writer Nurhayati Sri Hardini, better known as Nh. Dini, does particularly well. She lives it, is elevated by it, perhaps even feels saved by it.