The Politics of Memory in Indonesia: A Conversation with Novelist Laksmi Pamuntjak
Sponsored by NYU Wagner's Office for International Programs (OIP)

Date: Monday, April 7, 2014
Time: 12:30pm - 2:30pm
Location: NYU Wagner, 295 Lafayette Street, 2nd Fl
                     The Rudin Family Forum for Civic Dialogue


Laksmi Pamuntjak will talk about her novel, The Question of Red, and how it is part of a literary and political excavation of a chilling chapter in her nation's history, the massacre of up to one million accused communists between 1965 and 1968. The novel was published in Indonesian in October 2012 and is a national bestseller. The Question of Red tells the story of two lovers, Amba and Bhisma, driven apart by one of the bloodiest Communist purges in the 20th century. In the novel, the lives of the central characters reinterpret the Mahabharata - that timeless allegory of war within a family - and moves from rural Java to Europe and to the prison camps of Buru Island, where some 12,000 alleged Communists were incarcerated without trial during the Suharto dictatorship.

This talk is part of the Southeast Asia Network NY, a consortium including NYU and Columbia.