Ganesha in Ubud, Jalan Raya, Ubud. Bali.

Our stores in Ubud and Sanur are filled with lots of New, Used, Rare, Antiquarian and out-of-print books on Indonesia and especially books on Bali. We also have a range of reproduction maps, prints, postcards and greeting cards with an Indonesian theme. And unusual gifts of handmade notebooks, posters, bookmarks, puzzles, batik purses/bags, priest bells, Balinese incense, colouring books and lots lots more.

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Ganesha in Sanur, Jalan Danau Tamblingan 42, Sanur. Bali

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Here are some of the new books in the store this month.

I AM MY OWN HOME
by Isyana Artharini
Price: 75,000

What is it about male aloneness that makes it so desirable while female aloneness is seen as less so? What is it about male aloneness that is often seen as a heroic and poetic choice, while female aloneness is generally seen to have come from a lack of options?

I am My Own Home is a documentation of what it means to be a 30-something Indonesian woman who lives alone, along with the contentment and loneliness that goes with it. Through wandering, literature, and pop culture, the essays collected here are a way to recreate the idea of 'building a home', a manifesto (of sort) of living life as one person. These stories, on flaws and trying too hard, on intensity and overthinking, and on unrequited love and unfiltered emotions, are also one woman’s way to make sense of her existence.

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IN THE HANDS OF A MISCHIEVOUS GOD
by Theodora Sarah Abigail
Price: Rp75,000

This is a very tumultuous journey of self-discovery, and I worry that once I finally arrive at the door step of myself, I will knock – and the door will open to reveal an empty house.

In The Hands of a Mischievous God is an intimate portrait of a young artist and her earliest memories. This stunning collection is written with frank, disarming honesty, and ranges from reflections on the rooms in her childhood home to her views on the concept of love. Each essay follows the red strings of fate and explores just what it means for a girl to grow up.

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IMAGINARY CITY
by Rain Chudori
Price: Rp70,000

It was an eternally unfinished city, and yet it was indestructible. There is no certainty here, not for seasons and not for deep sentiments. That is why she has returned. “The structure of this book is very special. The book is accompanied by a map and list of places where the story happens and memories linger. The selection is solid, from the hip but homey coffee place nestled in the South, traditional market, classic gelato parlor, to an old-time port in the North. Readers can follow ‘she’ and ‘he’, the two unnamed characters, in their journey: of falling in love, dwelling in the past, and not-necessarily moving on.” (Devino Yo).

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3500 PLANT SPECIES OF THE BOTANIC GARDENS OF INDONESIA
by Deniek Surkarya and Ani Yudhoyono
Price: Rp1,980,000

This is an easy-to-use practical guide to the huge plant collections of the Botanic Gardens of Indonesia. Through concise information on more than 3,500 plant species, you can explore and identify trees shrubs, pandanus, palm, bamboo, ferns, succulents, climbers, herbs, aquatic plants and orchids. Packed with full colour photographs this is a must for all those interested in botanical Indonesia.

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BUILDING IN INDONESIA 1600 - 1960
by Cor Passchier
Price: Rp500,000

A wonderful book about architecture and urban planning, a main theme related to historical infrastructure development in the Indonesian archipelago. Through the centuries, the construction of roads and bridges, later the railways, and the introduction of motorized transport caused increasing accessibility and a deeper exploration of the hinterland on the larger islands, which has given rise to the establishment of agribusiness on a large scale and new town settlements.

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TRACES OF THE RAMAYANA AND MAHABHARATA IN JAVANESE AND MALAY LITERATURE
Edited by Ding Choo Ming and Willem van der Molen
Price: Rp420,000

Local renderings of the two Indian epics Ramayana and Mahabharata in Malay and Javanese literature have existed since around the ninth and tenth centuries. In the following centuries new versions were created alongside the old ones, and these opened up interesting new directions. They questioned the views of previous versions and laid different accents, in a continuous process of modernization and adaptation, successfully satisfying the curiosity of their audiences for more than a thousand years.
Much of this history is still unclear. For a long time, scholarly research made little progress, due to its preoccupation with problems of origin. The present volume, going beyond identifying sources, analyses the socio-literary contexts and ideological foundations of seemingly similar contents and concepts in different periods; it examines the literary functions of borrowing and intertextual referencing, and calls upon the visual arts to illustrate the independent character of the epic tradition in Southeast Asia.

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SO YOU WANT A BUSINESS IN BALI
by Delma Davies
Price: Rp250,000

Want to see what really happens behind the scenes in businesses in Bali? This book is the perfect insight into that world, by successful businesswoman and expat, Delma Davies. Owning a business, working or living on the island of the Gods is a dream that captivates many. Whether you are a curious tourist wanting to peek behind the scenes or considering a sea change, Delma Davies, successful owner of Aroma Spa Retreat, Sanur, opens your eyes. Her captivating stories are heartwarming, often amusing, and shared with openness and humility. Delma’s decade of business experience in Indonesia illustrates the many qualities required for a successful enterprise.

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ANGKOT & BUS MINANGKABAU Bilingual
Budaya Pop & Nilai-Nilai Budaya Pop/Popular Culture & Popular Values.
by: David Reeve
Price: Rp250,000

David Reeve is well-known not only with the ranks of Australian academics of Bahasa Indonesia, but as a researcher and expert on Indonesian culture. His new book, Angkot dan Bus Minangkabau: Budaha Pope & Nilai-Nilai Budaya Pop, translated by Australian-based linguist and lecturer Iskandar P. Nugraha, reveals the colour and complexity of this aspect of Minangkabau pop culture in vibrant and entertaining fashion.

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THE ADVENTURES OF BALI BEAR Jalan Jalan
by K & J Herrington
Price: Rp200,000 (Hard Cover). Rp150,000 (Soft Cover)

Bali Bear is a wonderful adventure. With a big heart and a curious mind this is one bear that will capture the imagination of young children everywhere. Bali Bear learns some valuable life lessons during his journey in the book. Set in the exotic location of Bali, with a simple introduction to Indonesian, it will keep the young ones totally engaged. And help find Tiny Ted in all the beautiful illustrations!

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OCEAN WARRIORS - Plastic in Paradise (Bilingual English / Bahasa Indonesia)
by: Cath Witten
Price: Rp95,000

Ocean Warriors Plastic in Paradise is a children’s book about two young siblings who rescue a turtle by preventing it from ingesting a plastic bag found floating in the ocean. The pair then recognise the dangers that plastic has on the marine life, the damage it causes to our oceans and beaches, and they work together to find solutions. Set in Raja Ampat, Indonesia, which is considered by many as the “Amazon of the Sea”. Over 1,500 species of coral reef fish and over 500 species of hard coral call it home. That means 75% of all hard coral species in the world exist in Raja Ampat. But it needs our help to survive and this children’s book goes a long way to teach the young of the importance of a sustainable environment.

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GAYATRI RAJAPATNI : The Woman Behind the Glory of Majapahit
by Earl Drake
Price: Rp270,000

The kingdom of Majapahit, once centred in present-day Java, Indonesia, grew to become one of the country s most glorious empires. From the late thirteenth century until the early years of the sixteenth century, Majapahit slowly expanded its reach, incorporating parts of Sumatra, Malaysia and Bali into its realm, as well as many other regions along the Straits of Malacca. Its rich history includes tales of battles with and against the Mongols, of wise kings and queens, and of an inclusive spiritual tradition; its legacy includes Indonesia s greatest works of sculpture, a unique architectural style still to be found in Bali, and epic poems such as the Nagarakrtagama. Many historians have shown that the Majapahit kingdom and its great Prime Minister Gajah Mada first united the many islands of Indonesia together under one rule. By searching through the literature of the era, author and historian Earl Drake found that one historical figure played a key role from the beginning of the Majapahit kingdom until its glory days under King Hayam Wuruk: Gayatri Rajapatni. Born a princess in her father s kingdom of Singhasari, she married Majapahit s first king, gave birth to its first queen, and was grandmother to Hayam Wuruk, its most successful leader. She witnessed the rise of the kingdom, was beloved by its people, and was greatly praised by all after her death.

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PRASANGKA MOKA (Moka’s Prejudice)
by Sekar Sosronegoro
Price: Rp50,000 (Bahasa Indonesia)

Moka is a little monkey who is asked to deliver bananas to his sick grandmother. The excursion to his grandmother’s house is fun from the start but soon turns frightening as he encounters difficulty remembering just how to get there. When other animals in the jungle offer their help, dilemma ensues as Moka is unsure about accpeting advice from those who appear different than him.

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KITU, Kucing Kecil Bersuara Ganjil (Kitu, A Strange Voiced Kitten)
by Sekar Sosronegoro
Price: Rp50,000 (Bahasa Indonesia)

Kitu tells the story of a kitten who moves to a new house and comes to realize how different she is from others- even her voice is different! Kitu then starts to question her confidence and tries to imitate other cats in the neighborhood. Will she be able to make new friends?

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RETIRED, REWIRED
by Cat Wheeler
Price: Rp150,000

"We are the ones who got away. The ones who came to the edge one day in New York or London or Bangkok and heard a muted gamelan beyond the urban chaos. Saw the shimmer of a rice field in the rear view mirror of a taxi stuck in an endless traffic jam. Sensed a simpler, more contented life. Dropped the briefcase and walked away. We came to Bali. We exhaled. We put down roots. We don’t think we’re particularly eccentric. Our visitors disagree." Long-time resident Cat Wheeler recounts her light-hearted journey to exuberant elderhood in Bali. This book is a must read for those considering retiring in a far away place.

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A STUDENT NAMED HIJO
by: Mas Marco Kartodikromo
Price: Rp150,000

A Studet Named Hijo has been recognised for depicting a new Indonesian Youth Culture that has adopted Western cultural and lingual facets. By contrasting traditional Javanese and Dutch cultural values, the author advocated a view that the two are incompatible. This includes love, described in the novel as something only those with a Dutch education would attempt to find. Rejected for publication by Balai Pustaka, the Dutch controlled publishing house, the work is now considered a classic.

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THE STARLING / SI JALAK
by: Putu Oka Sukanta
Translator: Keith Foulcher
Price: Rp150,000

Arrested as a leftist-activist in 1966, Putu Oka Sukanta was imprisoned until 1976. In The Starling, originally published in 1986 as Tembang Jalak Bali (Song of the Starling), he speaks of the terrible degradation of humanity and the inner strength and solidarity of comradeship which emerge in the extreme conditions of imprisonment. The poems go on to explore the painful steps in the reconstruction of life and social meaning after the prison gates have opened. Putu once referred to himself as a starling (Jalak Bali), a bird endemic to Bali. “A Starling” he said, “is an annoying, ugly birds that no-one likes and is always causing trouble. But it’s a great survivor.”

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THE BANDA ISLANDS
Edited by: Jan Russell
Price: Rp395,000

The Banda Islands have long fascinated explorers, anthropologists, writers, photographers, filmmakers and artists. These “islands of spicerie” have witnessed key moments in history, from the beginnings of global capitalism and colonisation to Indonesia’s journey towards beoming a nation. Today the region is one of the last true marine wildernesses in the world. The Banda Islands anthology features the words and images of those who have come under the islands’ spell through the centuries, including: Amitav Ghosh, Giles Milton, Elizabeth Pisani, Goenawan Mohamad, Des Alwi, Jean Couteau, Time Severin, Made Wianta, Lawrence Blair, Michael Vatikiotis, Janet DeNeefe and many more.

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A GEEK IN INDONESIA
by Tim Hannigan
Price: Rp198,000

Tim Hannigan leads readers on an eye-opening excursion around the archipelago, from the outer fringes where tribesmen still wear penis gourds and ritual battle gear to 21st-century cities filled with fashion bloggers, feminist activists, punk pioneers, and scandalous celebrities.
He provides a quick introduction to Indonesian history, a rundown on traditional arts, insights on why Jakarta is the social media capital of the world, and tips on where to enjoy the region’s thriving pop, jazz, and alternative music scenes.
More than just an Indonesia travel guide, this volume is packed with lively articles on everything from office culture and the Indonesian blogosphere to dating rituals and TV soap operas.
Illustrated with hundreds of colourful images and loaded with the kind of insights that only an author with a lifelong passion for the country could provide, a Geek in Indonesia will enlighten and entertain Indonesian culture enthusiasts, backpackers, first-time visitors, newly-arrived expats, and longtime Indonesiaphiles alike.

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TWILIGHT IN KUTA: Love and Lies in Indonesia
by David Nesbit
Price: Rp210,000

Twilight in Kuta explores love, loss and infidelity in present-day Indonesia from a number of perspectives: the bule (Caucasian) English teacher, the duplicitous Indonesian wife, the mixed-race schoolgirl, the Javanese ex-soldier and the naive village girl desperate for love.
Their stories intertwine throughout the book, and the various narrators offer different interpretations of the events that unfold. Love and lies in Indonesia …

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ISLAND SECRETS: Stories of Love, Lust and Loss in Bali
by Alwin Blum
Price: Rp215,000

Beyond the Bali known from idyllic images of Hollywood movies and five-star resort holidays are the secret lives of men and women who flock to the island from around the world in search of new beginnings.
Not all find the bliss and peace they hope for. Island Secrets is a collection of stories about lives fraught with scandal, conflict, heartache and despair.
A western wife of a Balinese man enjoys a happy marriage and all the trappings of island wealth but the arrival of a man from home throws her life into turmoil as she surrenders to his seduction.
A successful middle-aged ad exec leaves his family to become an artist; he lives an enviable life with a beautiful woman half his age but he soon finds himself weary of paradise. A recently divorced woman goes on a solo holiday and is irresistibly drawn to an attractive young man of dubious intentions.
Bali-resident Alwin Blum offers up vignettes of Bali with characters who navigate their new lives in the sunshine and tropical splendour of the island while harbouring darkness within.
Some stay for a season, others for the rest of their days. Some come to forget through sensual escapades, while others re-invent themselves to fit with the brand-new lives they have created.

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THE LONTAR ANTHOLOGY OF INDONESIAN SHORT STORIES: Short Fiction from the Twentieth Century Vol 2 The New Order and Beyond 1965 - 2000
by various Indonesian authors ; Edited by John McGlynn, Zen Hae, Andy Fuller
Price: Rp300,000

The Lontar Anthology of Indonesian Short Stories (Vol 2) is the first definitie anthology in English of Indonesian short stories from the twentieth century.
Featuring a selection of 109 of the most popular and influential works of short fiction, span the entire century, from The New Order 1965 to 2000.
Volume 2 presents 61 stories dating from the founding of the New Order government that followed a national bloodbath in 1965 to just after its end in 1998 and the dawn of the second millennia.
Along with the rise of “newspaper-length short stories” and a dwindling focus on realism, this period was marked by numerous changes in style and form, especially in the last decade of the century when authors, concerned with the militaristic nature of the central government, began to adopt a much more direct approach.

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THE LONTAR ANTHOLOGY OF INDONESIAN SHORT STORIES: Short Fiction from the Twentieth Century Vol 1 Pre-Independence to 1965
by various Indonesian authors ; Edited by John McGlynn, Zen Hae, Andy Fuller
Price: Rp300,000

The Lontar Anthology of Indonesian Short Stories (Vol 1) is the first definitie anthology in English of Indonesian short stories from the twentieth century.
Featuring a selection of 109 of the most popular and influential works of short fiction, span the entire century, from pre-Independence to 1965.
The editors drew from a wide cross section of Indonesian short story writers with respect to ethnicity, gender, class, and ideology.
Volume 1 presents 48 stories dating back to the days of rising nationalism in the first part of the century to just before the downfall of Indonesia’s first president, Sukarno, and the rise of a militaristic government following the tragic events of 1965.
Stories from the 1920s that drew on oral storytelling traditions and were suffused with nationalistic ideology were gradually replaced by fiction written with realism as a guiding principle. At all times, writers were the unofficial spokespeople for the issues affecting their generation.

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THE LONTAR ANTHOLOGY OF INDONESIAN POETRY: The Twentieth Century in Poetry
by various Indonesian Poets ; Edited by John McGlynn, Dorothea Rosa Herliany, Deborah Cole
Price: Rp300,000

The Lontar Anthology of Indonesian Poetry presents a wide-ranging selection of twentieth-century poetry, more than 325 poems by more than 180 authors, available for the first time in English translation.
In Indonesia poetry enjoys a status far and abbove all other genres. Popular with the public in a way that is unimaginable in the West, poetry is accessible through newspapers, magazines, radio, television, films and poetry readings. Major historical issues are articulated and negotiated through poetry, such as decolonization and the emergence of national consciousness, ethnic and gendered identities, and the environmental and social effects of modernization.
This anthology offers a vivid portrait of twentieth-century Indonesia as seen through the lens of its poetry.
As a complement to the Lontar anthologies of Indonesian drama and short stories, The Lontar Anthology of Indonesian Poetry offers the unique opportunity to explore the trajectories of a nation and its people through its poetry, which continues to act as the barometer of Indonesian literary life.

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A PHOTOGRAPHIC GUIDE TO THE BIRDS OF SOUTHEAST ASIA: Including the Philippines & Borneo
by Morten Strange
Price: Rp350,000

A Photographic Guide to the Birds of Southeast Asia is the first comprehensive photographic guide to the birds of mainland Southeast Asia, the Philippines and Borneo. It covers important bird species found in Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam, as well as southern China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and the Philippines.
Of an estimated 10,000 living bird species in the world, Southeast Asia is home to over 3,000 of them--making this one of the most diverse avifaunal regions on the planet and a bird-watcher's paradise. This comprehensive guide covers over 660 species and has more than 700 color photographs. It is an invaluable guide to anyone planning a visit to Asia who is interested in birds. It gives a distribution map for each species and a checklist at the back.
Many of the photographs in this book appear for the first time and have been carefully selected to illustrate the most important species and their key features. The text provides vital information to ensure accurate identifications. A Photographic Guide to the Birds of Southeast Asia is indispensable reading for bird lovers everywhere.

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A PHOTOGRAPHIC GUIDE TO THE BIRDS OF INDONESIA
by Morten Strange
Price: Rp400,000

A Photographic Guide to the Birds of Indonesia is the best, most comprehensive photographic guide to the birds of Indonesia. Because of its vast size and geographical location, Indonesia has the world's most diverse avifauna. It boasts of more than 1,600 species--of which 235 rare birds are only found in Indonesia--making it the world's number one travel destination for bird-watching.
This bird field guide covers a total of 912 species, including most of the non-migratory and endemic species that are seen only in Indonesia and a number of threatened and endangered species. A photograph and distribution map is given for each bird. Many new photographs of Indonesian birds appear in this volume for the first time and have been carefully selected to show the important characteristics of each bird. The concise text provide vital information, and an index of common names is provided at the back of the book.

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A NATURALIST’S GUIDE TO THE REPTILES & AMPHILIANS OF BALI
by Ruchira Somaweera
Price: Rp195,000

This easy-to-use identification guide to the 89 reptile and amphibian species of Bali is perfect for resident and visitor alike. High-quality photographs from the region's top nature photographers, are accompanied by detailed species descriptions which include nomenclature, size, distribution, habits, occurrence and whether they are dangerous. The user-friendly introduction covers conservation, how to deal with snake bites, identification of body parts and a glossary. Also included is an all-important checklist of all of the reptiles of Bali encompassing, for each species, its common and scientific names.

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WHERE AUSTRALIA COLLIDES WITH ASIA
The Epic Voyages of Joseph Banks, Charles Darwin, Alfred Russel Wallace and the Origin of On the Origin of Species.
by Ian Burnet
Price: Rp375,000

This wonderful book Ian Burnet outlines the significance of these great scientists and explorers. It brings to life all that these explorers came to encounter. It is an easy to read book with fabulous illustrations - nothing less from Ian Burnet. If you read “Spice Islands”, “East Indies”, and “Archipelago” you will love this one too. Ian reminds us that Alfred Russel Wallace is not only the independent co-discoverer of evolution but also a founder of the science of bio-geography as in the discovery of the Wallace Line which separatews the species of Asia from Australasia.

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POCKET INDONESIAN DICTIONARY
Revised and Expanded
Price: Rp92,000

Intended for use by tourists, students, and business people travelling to Indonesia, Pocket Indonesian Dictionary is an essential tool for communication a great way to learn Indonesian. It features all the essential Indonesian vocabulary appropriate for beginning to intermediate students. It’s handy pocket format and easy-to-read type will make any future trip to Indonesian much easier. It contains important notes on the Indonesian language, Indonesian grammar and Indonesian pronunciation.

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LEARN INDONESIAN BY ASSOCIATON
by James Harvey
Price: Rp160,000

This book contains everything you need to speak and write Indonesian for travelling and holidays. The book is structures so you get the most out of using the technique of word association and some diversions for light relief. The simplicity of presentation, humor and cartoons, make learning a joy rather than a chore.

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EARLY KINGDOMS
Indonesian Archipelago and the Malay Peninsula
by Paul Michel Munoz
Price: Rp398,000

At a period when sea navigation depended more on the skill and courage of sailors than on technology, men were nonetheless able to build maritime regional empires that stretched from Indochina to the Indonesian Archipelago. This book, which draws on a huge body of archaeological and documentary research, provides a much-needed overview of the history of the Malay Peninsula and insular Southeast Asia from its earliest times up till the 16th century. It also provides an in-depth analysis of the international context of the political, economic and social evolution of these kingdoms, and so provides a useful background to the modern history of the region. This is an excellent book for those with a keen interest in the ancient history of the first kingdoms of the Malay Peninsula and Indonesian Archipelago.

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SNOW OVER SURABAYA
by Nigel Barley
Price: Rp215,000

Under a multitude of different names – ‘K’tut Tantri’ and ‘Surabaya Sue’ being the best known – this Scottish-born, self-proclaimed Hollywood scriptwriter joined in the struggle for Indonesian independence after the Second World War and broadcast its revolutionary message to the world on Rebel Radio. But she did more and smuggled arms, and probably drugs, to help finance the new Republic and experienced bloody battle in the November 1945 British attack on Surabaya that some have seen as a war crime. She went on to become an intimate of the revolutionary leaders, Bung Tomo and Soekarno among them, and finally lived to see Indonesia take its place amongst the free nations of the world.

Surabaya Sue is virtually unknown in the West and, even in Indonesia, there have always been doubts about her version of events that many have dismissed outright as a blatant mixture of outrageous fantasy and dishonest omissions. Snow over Surabaya happily embraces those doubts and brings a new, spirited account of her adventures in that tempestuous world.

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CIGARETTE GIRL
by Ratih Kumala
Price: Rp218,000

Savour the familiar scent of clove and tobacco … for this is the aroma of Indonesia’s history.

Soeraja is dying. On his deathbed he calls for Jeng Yah, a woman who is not his wife. His three sons, Lebas, Karim and Tegar – heirs to Kretek Djagad Raja, Indonesia’s largest clove cigarette empire – are shocked, and their mother is consumed by jealousy. So begins the brothers’ search into the deepest recesses of Java for Jeng Yah, to fulfil their father’s dying wish and to learn the truth about the family business and its secrets.

Cigarette Girl is more than just a love story and the soul-searching journey of three brothers. Set on the island of Java the story follows the evolution of a family’s kretek, or clove cigarette, business from its birth in the Dutch East Indies of the early 1940s, and it takes readers through three generations of Indonesian history, from the Dutch colonial era to the Japanese occupation, the struggle for independence and the bloody coup of 1965 in which half a million Indonesians were hunted down and killed.

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BALINESE TEXTILES FOR GODS AND PEOPLE
by Maria Wronska-Friend
Published by Central Museum of Textiles Lodz Poland
Price: Rp450,000

This is an exhibition catalogue in English and Polish and shows the rich variety of textiles to be found in Bali from 1880 to 2010. Sacred and Ceremonial as well as everyday pieces this book is packed with stunning illustrations and has an extensive bibliography and glossary. The book features an interview with the collector, Krysztof Musial.

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GREETINGS FROM JAKARTA: Postcards of a Captial 1900 - 1950
by Scott Merrilles
Price: Rp550,000

This book is the most comprehensive visual record of Jakarta ever published covering the first half of the twentieth century which was also the last half century of colonial rule. Four hundred and sixty postcards from the author's own collection are brought together to reveal a city that has largely vanished and is barely recognizable now even to most life-long residents. This book is the result of twenty years of collecting and research by the author.

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LOOKING FOR BALI
Michael Dean Morgan
Price: Rp660,000

Michael Dean Morgan has attempted to photograph some of the rhythms of everyday Balinese life. If you look closely you'll discover a familiar human story that can be found in many areas of island routine; whether it's in a small family run warung, a village healer making house calls, or in the face of a fisherman who has returned home from the sea. A visually stunning book by this gifted photographer.

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IN THE SPIRIT OF BALI
by Isabella Ginanneschi
Price: Rp750,000

Explores the many facets of this mythical island, from its verdant topography, intricate colonial history, and deeply rooted traditions and rituals, to the recent influx of hard-partying holiday-makers, holistic enlightenment seekers, bohemian expat artists, and new age entrepreneurs

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ENCHANTING BALI & LOMBOK
by David Bowden
Price: Rp240,000

Though one of the smallest islands of the Indonesian archipelago, Bali has miles of world-famous beaches, perfect for sunbathers and surfers. But Bali also has extraordinary inland attractions, including picturesque rice terraces, the towering Kintamani volcano, the holy forest with its wild monkeys and the romantically sited water temple of Ulun Danu. The island has a rich cultural heritage with over 20,000 temples and numerous colourful festivals and ceremonies. A great book to travel with and also a good keep-sake.

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BALI ANCIENT RITES IN THE DIGITAL AGE
Photography by Ida Bagus Putra Adnyana and Text by Diana Darling
Price: Rp 420,000

As Bali’s landscape becomes ever more crowded with hotels and shopping malls, its ancient culture is no longer as visible to visitors as it once was—but behind the walls of temples and house courtyards, it is flourishing. The Balinese people seem to have no difficulty balancing modern life with the demands of the spirit world. And in Bali, the demands of the spirit world are many. Ritual ceremonies begin before birth and continue after death. Ancestral deities are worshipped in the home and in tens of thousands of temples across the island. The powers and features of nature are honored throughout the rice growing cycle in this society that remains largely agrarian, despite the increasing importance of tourism. These rituals date from pre-historic times and have continued uninterrupted to the present day, powered by the fervor of the Balinese Hindu-Buddhist-animist religion.

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MATA JIWA - Into the Eye of Life / Tenganan Pagringsingan
by Marina Singarimbun and photographer Amalia Firman
Price: Rp650,000

An exceptionally beautiful book that portrays the people of Tenganan Pagringsingan, Bali. Whereas urban society is entangled in concerns of materialism, the people of Tenganan Pagringsingan prioritise balance and harmony between themselves and nature. This balance and harmony are nurtured through rituals and strict customary laws that cultivate self-control, which are rooted in honesty and implanted from early childhood. Gringsing cloth was the initial door by which the author entered this society.
Accompanied by her close friend who is a photographer, her exploration has continued for almost two decades. Into the Eye of Life - Mata Jiwa is a recording of this journey.
This is a memoir of all that was witnessed, contemplated and absorbed through the eyes and soul of the author.

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AYO! Let's Go! Songs for Children in Indonesian and English
by Reena Balding
Price: Rp180,000

This is a new CD for children aged 4 to 10. Sing along, dance along and pick up some Indonesian while you're doing it. The CD comes with an illustrated booklet and complete lyrics. Songs include: Aku Mau Minum, Tropical Fruit, The Differences Between Monkeys and Possums, Ayu to the Beach, Nasi Putih........ and so on. Great way for children to learn Indonesian.

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FEARLESS
by Fiona Higgins
Price: Rp245,000

Six strangers from across the world meet on the tropical island of Bali to attend a course designed to help them face their fears. Their backgrounds are as diverse as their fears - which range from flying, public speaking and heights, through to intimacy, failure and death. Friendships and even romance blossom as the participants are put through a series of challenges which are unusual, confronting and sometimes hilarious. A week of fun in the sun suddenly turns into something far more serious, however, then the unthinkable happens - a tragic disaster that puts the group in deadly danger, testing the individual courage of every member.

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GUITARLO
by Arlo Hennings
Price: Rp200,000

Arlo Hennings takes the reader on a decades journey from his challenging childhood, blossoming as a poet, song writer, musician, agent, husband, father, son... to his current life in Indonesia where he continues to promote and create music. The inspiration that brought him to Bali began at an Occupy protest where he was clubbed and arrested, having lost his job, home, marriage. A dramatic, and very real, event, as are many events in Henning's six decade life journey. His connections to Allen Ginsberg, Hunter S Thompson, The Merry Pranksters, and so much more, you'll read/see. A trip to South Africa with the singer Shawn Phillips as Mandela is voted in as president- the first integrated rock concert, described with all its tension and, yes, beauty. The villa Hennings builds in Bali for visitors- the visitor's descriptions come alive on the page with insight, and Henning's trademark humor (you will LOL). The shaman, 52 Good Fingers, will live in my heart forever- sacred, alive, tragic, hilarious. This memoir reveals family tragedies, personal tragedies, and so much JOY, appetite for La Vida, from his boyhood to his present life. Hennings' humor is like a sweet tide that keeps bringing us to shore, and his sheer love of being alive brings deep wisdom within these pages. I'm left with a sense of transcendence, with that jolt of laughter that makes it all absolutely real. And human.

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BALI: A Cultural History
by Arthur Cotterell
Price: Rp225,000

Bali is unlike anywhere else. Despite the advent of international tourism, this Indoneisan island remains an untarnished cultural gem set in an idyllic landscape. Towering volcanoes, majestic lakes, lush forests, gushing springs, flooded paddies, golden sands and blue seas - all these spectacular features have convinced the Balinese that their island is in itself a cosmos. Land of Temples, Festivals, Art and Handicrafts the whole island seems to be a respsitory of art and nature.

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A BRIEF HISTORY OF BALI: Piracy, Slavery, Opium and Guns: The Story of the Pacific Paradise
by Willard A. Hanna (Author) and Tim Hannigan
Price: Rp250,000

This book tells the story of Bali—the "paradise island of the Pacific"—its rulers and its people, and their encounters with the Western world. Bali is a perennially popular tourist destination. It is also home to a fascinating people with a long and dramatic history of interactions with foreigners, particularly after the arrival of the first Dutch fleet in 1597. In this first comprehensive history of Bali, author Willard Hanna chronicles Bali through the centuries as well as the islanders' current struggle to preserve their unique identity amidst the financially necessary incursions of tourism.

Illustrated with more than forty stunning photographs, A Brief History of Bali is a riveting tale of one ancient culture's vulnerability—and resilience—in the modern world.

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THE QUESTION OF RED
by Laksmi Pamuntjak
Price: Rp150,000

Amba and Bhisma is the story of two lovers who are driven apart during the massacres that took place in Indonesia between 1965 and 1968, in which some 1 million people were killed in one of the bloodiest communist purges in the 20th century. Amba gives birth to a child, Bhisma, but Bhisma is imprisoned on the island of Buru for his alleged sympathy for communism in Indonesia. In 1979 the penal colony is closed but Bhisma does not return to Java. He remained in Buru as a healer to the local people until the religious conflict between Muslims and Christians in the Maluku Islands erupted in 1999. His life as a prisoner in Buru is revealed in the letters he wrote to Amba and buried under a tree. The lives of the central characters of Amba mirror those of the Mahabharata - that timeless allegory of war within a family - with a modern twist. It is the story of "Good and Evil" and "Right and Wrong" or "Winners and Losers" - the allegory, the 1965 communist uprising and Modern Indonesia.

“… in terms of its grasp of the material, its erudition, the depth of its humanity, and its stylistic mastery, (The Question of Red) is simply world-class. In Indonesia itself this is undoubtedly one of the towering achievements of our country’s literature.” - Bambang Sugiharto, literary critic and Professor of Aesthetics, Parahyangan University.

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THE STORY OF KADIRUN
by Semaoen and Translated by Ian Campbell
Price: Rp175,000

n the early 1910s, Semaoen was sentenced to prison for sedition by the Dutch colonial government. The Story of Kadirun, a semi- autobiographical novel, reveals with honesty and comprehensive insight the unjust treat- ment towards the indigenous people from a historical perspective. Kadirun’s tale, with its picture of the life of the Javanese during the colonial era, tells the readers what must be done to make the world a place fit to live in.

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CONVERSATIONS
by Budi Darma
Price: Rp150,000

Budi Darma’s stories are absurdist and surreal. Often in conversation form, they draw content from mythology, legends, and fables. There is an omnipresent mood of darkness that pervades much of his writing; a kind of bleak perspective that lies behind a thin cloak of normality and peace. In the modernist manner, Darma is interested in style, structure, themes, and plot. Yet at the same time, he disavows himself pf the role of creator and regards his short stories as being the result of something external.
Budi is a recipient of the Satya Lencana cultural awards, one of Indonesia's highest civilian honors, bestowed on him in 2003, and, in 2014 the Southeast Asia Literary Council (Majlis Sastera Asia Tenggara/MASTERA) named him recipient of the top literary awards.

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MAN TIGER
by Eka Kurniawan; Translated by Labodalih Sembiring
Price: Rp200,000

A wry, affecting tale set in a small town on the Indonesian coast, Man Tiger tells the story of two interlinked and tormented families and of Margio, a young man ordinary in all particulars except that he conceals within himself a supernatural female white tiger. The inequities and betrayals of family life coalesce around and torment this magical being. An explosive act of violence follows, and its mysterious cause is unravelled as events progress toward a heartbreaking revelation.

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BEAUTY IS A WOUND
by Eka Kurniawan; Translated by Annie Tucker
Price: Rp195,000

This novel combines history, satire, family tragedy, legend, humor, and romance in an astonishing epic novel. The beautiful Indo prostitute Dewi Ayu and her four daughters are beset by incest, murder, bestiality, rape, insanity, monstrosity, and the often vengeful undead. Kurniawan's gleefully grotesque hyperbole functions as a scathing critique of his young nation's troubled past: the rapacious offhand greed of colonialism; the chaotic struggle for independence; the 1965 mass murders of perhaps a million "Communists," followed by three decades of Suharto's despotic rule.

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BALINESE PAINTING AND SCULPTURE: From the Krzysztof Musial Collection
by Adrian Vickers
Price: Rp435,000

Collections usually grow out of interests, ones that come to border on obsession. Collecting art from Bali often begins with a love of the island itself, but can take different directions depending on the experiences we have there. The Krzysztof Musial Collection is one clearly based on encountrs with the island and its culture, and from that basis the collector has accumulated works that are both new and old, representative of the known history of Balinese Art, but also of the most recent developments in the style of Bali. The olders styles of art were focused around areas of power, palaces and temples. Kings and priests were meant to be practiced in the arts themselves, and did their own caraving and painting. Most of the sculptors and painters were men, while women produced beautiful textiles and elaborate offerings. Beautifully photographed and a stunning collection.

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BALI: SUSTAINABLE VISIONS
by Duncan Murray Kirk and Isabella Gianneschi
Price: Rp750,000

Discover how visionary architects and designers are pioneering a new, environmentally sustainable style of tropical living. Today, even as Bali s ecosystem is challenged by a continued influx of foreign tourists, a handful of inspired creators are rediscovering the island s long tradition of environmental sustainability. This gorgeous and eye-opening volume introduces us to their most innovative projects on Bali and other islands, including luxurious private homes built from traditional and reclaimed materials; the Suarga Resort, which boasts the world s largest bamboo-shingled roof; and the Green School, an international primary and secondary school where students learn to be stewards of the earth.
Illustrated throughout with stunning new color photographs and animated by a deep ecological consciousness, "Bali: Sustainable Visions" is an essential book for everyone who cares about the future of architecture, design, and the natural environment.

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ARIE SMIT, A Painter's Life in the Tropics
by Luciene Smit
Price: Rp1,095,000

This is a personal chronicle on the life of Dutch painter Arie Smit (1916 - 2016), about his life, and in paricular, about his 60 year long creer on the island of Bali. This book has been written by his niece Lucienne Smit (Koog aan de Zaan), daughter of Arie's brother Bert. Arie Smit was one of eight children and he lived in Rotterdam where he studied graphic design. In 1938 he joined the Royal Netherlands East Indies Army and was sent to the Dutch East Indies where he worked as a lithographer engraving relief maps of the archipelago. In 1942 he ws transferred to East Java where he was captured and interned for three and a half years. After the war ended he was released and in 1946 he returned to Indonesia where he became a citizen in 1951. In 1956 he moved to Bali where he soon found his inspiration to paint Balinese landscapes in riotous colours. He lived his whole life in the foothills of the mountains in Bali and was a well-respected member of society there.

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BREAKING BARRIERS
by Aimee Dawis
Price: Rp225,000

As members of a tiny ethnic minority in Indonesia the world's largest Islamic nation Chinese-Indonesian women face hurdles of race and gender that others would find insurmountable. In "Breaking Barriers," author Aimee Dawis profiles nine highly accomplished women who have overcome these obstacles and thrived. In this book you'll meet: an Olympic gold medalist a world-class concert pianist a media mogul and style icon Plus six other extraordinary personalities in the worlds of business, science, sports, politics and the arts. In these profiles, Dawis shows us how Chinese-Indonesian women serve the needs of family and community while carving out a strong and independent role for themselves in their chosen fields through determination, a belief in their ability and strong pride in their ethnic roots. These Asian women may be members of a minority group, but their stories provide inspiration for future generations of Chinese-Indonesian women, and women everywhere."

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FROM ECOLOGY TO ECOSOPHY
The Balinese Way to Harmony with Nature
by I Gede Suwantana
Price: Rp150,000

One of the South-East Asian eco-insights is our Balinese ecophilosophy of Tri Hita Karana. This fundamental principle of Tri Hita Karana provides a comprehensive set of universal values and practices designed to achieve prosperity, peace and happiness through the harmonious interaction of people with their surrounding world. Tri Hita Karana represents three aspects of our harmonious relationship. These three aspects are, in Balinese language 1) Parahyangan, which stands for our relationship with the highest being, God; b) Pawongan for our relationship with fellow human beings; and c) Palemahan for our relationship with the Nature and Environment.

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JALAN JALAN: A Novel of Indonesia
by Mike Stoner
Price: Rp140,000

"What sort of idiot takes a job after a five minute phone interview, in a country he knows nothing much about and on the other side of the world, in a school he's never heard of?"
Newbie is on the run. From England. From the past. From memories of his dead girlfriend, Laura. Indonesia is as good a place as any to reinvent himself cheap beer, exotic landscapes, a beautiful Indonesian girlfriend, and a bunch of misfit mate all masquerading as English teachers.
"Jalan Jalan." "Just walking. Out for a stroll." It's a local phrase that sums up Newbie's quest for emotional detachment, to block out the pain of the past. But Laura won't leave him alone her ghost haunts him, her voice fills his head, her gaze follows him everywhere. It will take a breakdown and an exorcism at the hands of an Indonesian shaman to make Newbie realize that the events of the past might not always be what they seem "

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FLAVORS OF INDONESIA: William Wongso's Culinary Wonders
by William Wongso
Price: Rp425,000

The quintessential tastes of Indonesia are rich yet subtle, complex yet elegant. Each region of Indonesia is home to a distinctive cuisine, many of which trace back to the marvelous, abundant history of these islands. In this great nation, food is about creating a harmonious melange of diverse flavors, passions, beliefs, and traditions.
"Flavors of Indonesia" is a beautifully illustrated Indonesian cookbook, culinary guide and cultural exploration that introduces readers to the specialties and characteristics of the world's largest archipelago. Celebrated chef and Indonesian TV personality William Wongso takes you on a journey through Indonesia, retracing the religious, architectural, and culinary history of Java as seen through the island's royal cuisine. You'll learn about spices and fresh ingredients as you visit local markets in Sumatra and sample the zesty dishes of Sulawesi. As elsewhere across Southeast Asia, some of Indonesia's most appetizing treats are to be found in its streets and back lanes, and Wongso shares his must-have street food and snack recipes in a special chapter.

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JOURNEY THROUGH BALI & LOMBOK
by Paul Greenway
Price: Rp300,000

Whether readers are planning a trip to Bali or just fantasizing about one, "Journey Through Bali & Lombok" makes for an unforgettable Bali travel guide. Containing more than 300 color photographs, this breathtaking volume brings you from the trendy beach of Seminyak to the Monkey Forest at Sangeh and the hot springs along Lake Batur to the sunken wrecks off Tulamben.
Through stunning photographs, readers climb Lombok's smoldering Mt. Rinjani volcano and explore the nearby rustic Gili Islands and Nusa Lembongan. Greenway was a longtime resident of Bali and still considers it his spiritual home. "Journey Through Bali & Lombok" capture the region's stunning natural landscapes and the lives and experiences of the Balinese people including their renowned religious festivals, gamelan music, and painting and craft traditions. For example, an image of the cliff-top temple of Pura Luhur Ulu Watu during a sunset dance performance complete with hypnotic chanting and fire-walking reveals intriguing aspects of ancient Balinese culture."

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MY FIRST BOOK OF INDONESIAN WORDS: An ABC Rhyming Book of Indonesian Language and Culture
by Linda Hibbs and Illustrated by Julia Laud
Price: Rp190,000

The familiar ABC rhyming structure combines with sparkling illustrations to encourage the natural ability of children to pick up new languages and vocabulary quickly. Words for things kids already know in English are joined by words specific to Indonesia, giving kids a glimpse into Indonesian life and culture.
Everyday expressions—like "Apa kabar?" which means "How are you?"—give kids a chance to communicate in a meaningful way and show them that when it comes to courtesy and friendliness, other cultures have a lot in common with their own. Cultural and linguistic notes are added for the parents to enhance the Indonesian learning experience. The cheerful illustrations depict a friendly and culturally rich nation, where the people are happy to know you and to share a bit of who they are and how they live.

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RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN BALI TOURISM
Culture, Heritage, and Landscape in an Open Fortress
Edited by I Nyoman Darma Putra and Siobhan Campbell
Contributions by Mark Hobart, Michel Picard, Graeme MacRae, Carol Warren, Jean Couteau etc.
Price: Rp150,000

Collectively, this volume makes clear that questions of 'sustainability' in relation to Balinese tourism are now as much, if not more, related to the natural environment than they are to aspects of material and performing culture. As Carol Warren reveals in her contribution, this is in part related to Bali's entanglement in international heritage schemes and conventions which accentuate the links between nature conservation and the preservation of cultural properties. Several authors discuss the deployment of the Balinese model of Tri Hita Karana in this context, a concept taken to encompass the interconnectivity of the divine, human and environmental domains.

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BALI - 1964 to 2009 The Shadows that Dance in and out of my Memory
by Jan Mantjika
Price: Rp250,000

Jan Mantjika was a dancer working for The Dominion newspaper in Palmerston North, New Zealand, when she married a Balinese student studying agriculture and animal husbandry under the Colombo Plan in her home town. In 1964 they moved to Bali with their first child and he took up a post as a lecturer at Udayana University. They remained in Bali during the terrible times of 1965. In 1969, Jan and her husband opened one of Bali’s first travel agencies, Jan’s Tours. Jan recounts her experiences during her early days in Bali, her love of the island, and her personal adventures of bringing up a large extended family in Bali, with both anguish and humour.

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ARCHIPELAGO, A Journey Across Indonesia
by Ian Burnet
Hard Cover: Rp398,000

In this third book by Ian Burnet we set sail on a journey across the archipelago of Indonesian to discover a rich cultural diversity. He describes how the early Malay people came to these islands and the influence of the Indian religions of Hinduism and Buddhism on the islands of Sumatra, Java and Bali. Travelling by bus, plane, train, ferry, boat, car and motorcycle from Java to Timor, he hops from island to island across the Indonesian archipelago, following the smoking volcanoes that form its spine. Ian Burnet combines his love of adventure and trael with his knowledge of history to take us on a personal journey through geographic space and historical time.

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EAST INDIES
by Ian Burnet
Hard Cover: Rp485,000

In East Indies Ian Burnet begins in the port city of Malacca and tells the story of the 200 year struggle between the Portuguese Crown, the Dutch East India Company and the English East India Company for trade supremacy in the easterns seas. When you read this book you can almost small exotic spices over salt spray and the wet wood of the ships that transported the goods back to Europe. A thoroughly researched and beautifully illustrated book filled with gorgeous maps and pictures evoking the age of sail.

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A BALINESE SELF-HEALING SYSTEM
Ancient Techniques for Life Long Optimum Health
by Cal Stanny
Price: Rp290,000

"A Balinese Self-Healing System is based on the esoteric knowledge of one of Bali's living treasures, Cokorda Gde Rai, Balian (healer) and member of the royal family of Ubud. The author, Cal Stanny, is one of a small group of Cokorda's international students. Cal devoted 14 years to the study of this ancient healing knowledge and has used it in his daily life with excellent results. There are step by step instructions on how to perform eight "movements". These movements consist of a series of mudras that bring the divine energy into your body for healing and restoration. In a Balinese Self-Healing system you will learn; How to eliminate negative energy in the body through self-purification, Techniques to harness your energy and combine it with that of the universe, How to connect with your spiritual essence, and bring wisdom and even miracles into your life."

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A BRIEF HISTORY OF INDONESIA: Sultans, Spices, and Tsunamis:
The Incredible Story of Southeasst Asia's Largest Nation
by Tim Hannigan
Price: Rp250,000

This fascinating book tells the story of Indonesia as a narrative of kings, traders, missionaries, soldiers and revolutionaries, featuring stormy sea crossings, fiery volcanoes, and the occasional tiger. It recounts the colorful visits of foreign travelers who have passed through these shores for many centuries--from Chinese Buddhist pilgrims and Dutch adventurers to English sea captains and American movie stars. For readers who want an entertaining introduction to Asia's most fascinating country, this is delightful reading.

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BALI : LIFE IS AN OFFERING DVD
(The Baraka of Bali)
Price: Rp180,000

Bali: Life is an Offering is a multi-faceted documentary film luminous with images of Bali's rich traditional culture and breath taking natural beauty, produced by an award-winning international team. The film revolves around exceptional people and profound projects based on the island, working to maintian and enhance Bali's social, environmental and cultural harmony.

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JALANAN DVD
Price: Rp100,000

Award winning film by director Daniel Ziv. Boni, Ho & Titi are three gifted, charismatic street musicians in Jakarta. Jalanan follows these young marginalised musicians and their never before seen sub-culture, while also panting a striking, moody and intimate portrait of Indonesia's frenzied capital city.

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THE BOOTONGS OF BALI and the Kingdom of Ducktopia
by Clare McAlaney
Price: Rp235,000

The Bootongs of Bali is a delightful tale and carries with it a message of hope, while sharing the potential disasters that we are headed for environmentally. Written in a unique story teller voice, this books is set to win hearts not just in Bali, but anyone who has expressed concerns at an overly-consumptive world. Featuring some of the wonderful art of the author, this book is suitable for readers from age nine and upwards, but will equally be enjoyed by adults or adult readers to children.

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PRAY, MAGIC, HEAL - The Story of Bali's Famous Eat, Pray, Love Folk Healer
by David J. Stuart Fox with Ketut Liyer
Price: Rp295,000

Pray, Magic, Heal ushers the reader into the shimmering world of Balinese magic and healing, as practiced by the island's most famous folk healer, Ketut Liyer. Even the recent onslaught of western ideas, tourists, and medicine has not dampened the spirit of Balinese magic. Most Balinese still believe in the existence of a parallel world of demons and deities, of white and black magic, mediated by healers like Liyer who play a vital role in maintaining the health and well-being of the individual, family and community. Starting in the mid-1970's, Stuart-Fox began recording conversations with Liyer, and much of the story is told in Liyer's own words. The book tells about Liyer's profession as a healer and especially about the extraordinary magic drawings that he uses in his practice. It paints a compelling picture of a life dedicated to studying, practicing and preserving Bali's centuries-old healing wisdom and magic.

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TESTIMONY
by Rendra (translated by Harry Aveling)
Price: Rp175,000

Rendra (1935-2009) is one of Indonesia´s most important poets and dramatists. During his lifetime he embodied the Indonesian sense of what a true artist should be. He was a flamboyant personality, often dubbed "the peacock". His dedication to his art was absolute, and he gave honest and creative expression to his emotions and thoughts. His writing used a simple, flexible long-limbed free verse that is attractive and immediately accessible. Raised within a mystical Javanese milieu, Rendra saw nature, the individual and society as potentially forming one harmonious whole. In his poetry and his plays this commitment to personal authenticity and social justice was expressed through stories.

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HOME
by Leila S. Chudori (translated by John. H. McGlynn)
Price Rp250,000

Home is a remarkable fictional account of the September 30th Movement’s impact on people’s lives. This “movement” led to the murder of a million or more presumed “Communists” and the imprisonment of another tens of thousands of people. At the time, thousands of Indonesians who were abroad had their passports revoked and were exiled. History was manipulated by the Suharto government to cast a favorable light on their involvement in this tragedy. A whole generation of Indonesians were raised in a world of forced silence, where facts were suppressed and left unspoken. Although the tumultuous events of 1965 envelop Home’s background, this is not a novel about ideology. Going back and forth between Jakarta and Paris in 1965 and 1998, Home is about the lives of Indonesians in exile, their families and their friends, including those left behind in Indonesia. It is not only a story of love, lust and betrayal, but also of laughter, adventure and food.

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A CONSPIRACY OF GOD-KILLERS
by Triyanto Triwikromo (translated by George. A. Fowler)
Price: Rp175,000

Twenty-two stories by this noted Semarang, Central Java-based writer and poet in his first collection in English, with their continent- and time-spanning backdrops of history and imagination. Stories populated by bereaved cops, heartless assassins, sainted heroes and mad saviors, dissolute poets, disgusted butchers and weary warriors, and children?above all, children. Children who have seen far too much in their still-young lives. These poetically crafted, frequently disturbing stories are leavened with sardonic wit, more than a touch of the absurd and outright bizarre in a world gone mad, and all solidly grounded on Triyanto Triwikromo´s own uniquely expressed moral clarity.

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NIGHT'S DISSAPEARANCE
by Gus tf Sakai (translated by Toni Pollard)
Price: Rp150,000

In a Gus tf Sakai story, nothing is as it seems. The unexpected is always happening. Supernatural events occur in ordinary settings, turning lives and reality on end. A three-hundred-year-old Torajan mummy refuses to stay dead as an antique dealer transports its coffin in his jeep. A painting takes on a life of its own and paints the painter. A television screen emits swarms of butterflies that eventually take over the town. Village children innocently reciting their alphabet are possessed by victims of torture from centuries earlier. Boys beg in the markets as part of their silat martial arts training, but who are they and where are they from? What is it about the nagari tree under which neighbors have long lived in harmony that later tears them apart? How can night disappear, and what is that mysterious crying and drumming?

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THE ATHEIST
by Achdiat K. Mihardja
Price: Rp175,000

At once celebrated and controversial, Atheis, translated here as The Atheist, is considered a masterpiece of Indonesian literature. The novel was written during the last years of the Indonesian struggle for independence by Achdiat Karta Mihardja, a journalist-cum-literary editor and member of the Socialist Party of Indonesia. It was first published in 1949. Using three narrative voices, the novel tells of the spiritual and intellectual crisis of Hasan, a young Muslim who is raised to be devout but comes to doubt his faith after becoming involved with a group of modern young people: Rusli, his Marxist-Leninist childhood friend; Anwar, an anarcho-nihilist artist; and Kartika, a beautiful young divorcée. Upon publication, Atheis caused considerable discussion. Religious thinkers, Marxist-Leninists, and anarchists decried the novel for not explaining their ideologies in more detail; but literary figures and many in the general public praised it.

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OH, OH, OH!
by Idrus
Price: Rp150,000

Idrus (1921-1979) is one of Indonesia´s best known writers and is often credited for having set the satirical direction for writers in his time. Through his work, his short stories especially, most of which appeared in the late 1940s, Idrus helped to set new directions for the use of the Indonesian language, strengthening it with a measure of frankness and directness that was uncommon before his time. Idrus was a storyteller who wrote mostly about ordinary people who were distinguished by some odd characteristic, circumstance, or misfortune. He did not deal with the larger, more "philosophical" issues that bothered many of his contemporaries, preferring to deal with simpler, human themes instead.

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AUKE SONNEGA Artist of the Enchanting Tropics
by Didier Hamel
Price: Rp800,000

The Dutch artist, Auke Sonnega arrived in Batavia to work as a textile designer in 1935. After WW11 he moved to Ubud and took over the former studio of Rudolf Bonnet in Puri Kaleran. He developed his unique "Art Deco" style of composition and was able to paint the tropics in a way that mirrors the harmony of tropical atmospheres. He left Bali in 1957 due to political pressures.

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DEPARTURES
by: Nh. Dini (translated by Toni Pollard)
Price: Rp175,000

Elisa has remained behind in Indonesia when her Dutch-Eurasian family left for Holland, part of President Sukarno's mass expulsion of Dutch citizens in 1957/58. She has decided to throw in her lot with the young republic and identify as an Indonesian. An air hostess with the new Garuda Indonesian Airlines, Elisa is determined to establish her independence and find a place where she really feels she belongs. With a troubled family background and almost no knowledge of her past or ancestry, Elisa is searching for her true identity. If finding her real father proves a heartbreaking search, then perhaps marriage to the handsome Javanese, Sukoharjito with whom she has fallen deeply in love, will give her the sense of belonging and stability she yearns for. With the support of her Indonesian house mates, Lansih and Wati, Elisa learns what it means to be a young woman finding her way in the troubled early years after Indonesia's independence.

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