Ganesha Bookshop, Jalan Raya, Ubud. Bali.

Ganesha Bookshop is conveniently located on the main street of Ubud, Bali right near the Post Office. We specialise in books on Indonesia - NEW, USED, RARE, and OUT-OF-PRINT. We buy old collections too.
Our books change daily, so it would be too hard to keep a catalogue of the used books up to date on this website. So, if you are looking for a special book on Indonesia, or have any book enquiry, please email us directly on info@ganeshabooksbali.com
Many of our NEW books on Indonesia are here on this website - see the catalogue.

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

THE ART OF COLLECTING EAST INDIES PAINTINGS
by Bea Brommer
Price: Rp550,000
Artists such as painters and photographers were fascinated by the tropical landscapes, picturesque villages and markets and especially the diverse inhabitants of the Dutch East Indies. In the first half of the 20th century a large group of European artists, who were also called Beautiful Indies painters, worked there. Today the qualities of these East Indies paintings are fully recognized.

Private collectors played an important pioneering role here. With the exceptional Colauto-Van Peperstraten collection as the central focus, the book describes how a few pioneers were each touched in their own way by the East Indies paintings and built up a collection. This is how they also became experts in a field that was only recognized as important by museums and auctioneering firms at a later stage. Their personal stories and many anecdotes give a fascinating inside view of the art world.

Full attention is also given to the interest in this art movement in postwar Indonesia, with pioneering collectors such as President Sukarno and Vice-President Malik, as well as to the current collectors. This book was published on the occasion of the exhibition Indisch Palet in the Westfries Museum Hoorn.

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STORIES FROM THE SERAT CENTHINI
Understanding the Javanese Journey of Life
by Soewito Santosa and Kestity Pringgoharjono
Price: Rp195,000
This book is based on The Centhini Story, the condensed English language translation of the original 12 volume Serat Centhini. It is one of Indonesia’s oldest surviving manuscripts, dating back to 1814. The book tells of the flight and reunuion of three royal children from the Kingdom of Giri when their father went to war. The stories herein offer insights into the culture and beliefs of the Javanese people from the pre-Islamic era to the present. It includes stories of moral indulgences and tales of eroticism.

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SIP THE STRAW
For children aged 7 to 10 ( in English)
by Woody Heffern and Sam Keck Scott
Price: Rp150,000
Sip is a happy plastic straw, excited for his chance to help people drink their delicious drinks. But after only getting to try one drink, Sip suddenly finds himself taken away to a dark and scary place. There are other straws and trash, and no one knowns what’s going on. This was not what he expected at all. Night comes, a big rainstorm hits, and Sip discovers things are getting worse - way worse.
Sip the Straw presents lessons for all ages about the power and impact of our choices. Even one as simple as a straw or no straw.

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THE SUPER HERO LUH AYU MANIK SERIES
In Bahasa Bali, Bahasa Indonesia and in English
by BasaBali.Org
Price: Rp60,000 each
This series focuses on the following:
1. Clean Water and Sanitation
2. Affordable and Clean Energy
3. Climate Action
4. Life on the Land
5. Sustainable Cities and Communities

Comic 1
The forest has been laid bare. The trees have been cut down and the wood taken away. Luh Ayu Manik and her friends are deeply saddened to see the forest destroyed. There is a police post in the middle of the forest but, despite this, the thieves are still able to steal wood. Luh Ayu Manik and her friends have come up with a plan to catch the thieves. But unfortunately, their plan has been foiled. And now the thieves are chasing them with a chainsaw. What will happen to Luh Ayu Manik and her friends?

Comic 2
Without warning, a fierce wind sprang up in Room 21. The book that Luh Ayu Manik and her friends were reading shook and then flew about the room. And from the pages of the dirty, torn and tattered book, horrid demons appeared. Luh and her friends wanted to run away but they couldn't move ... they were like statues. I Wayan and I Made wanted to scream ... but their lips were sealed shut and they couldn't speak.

Comic 3
When walking home after watching ogoh-ogoh, Luh Ayu Manik and Putu Nita were surprised to see the young people falling up and running around, and screaming in fear accompanied by asking for help. "Tulung-tulung ..." shouted Wayan. There are people who can walk. the body is tall and made of all kinds of plastic and cork. Instantly Luh Ayu Manik remembered I Wayan’s behavior with and I Made who liked to throw away the trash when making ogoh-ogoh into the river this morning.

Comic 4
Luh Ayu Manik Mas is an ordinary Balinese eighth grader. But when there is danger or injustice, she uses her bracelet covering a dragon birthmark to turn into a heroine with extraordinary powers. In her latest adventure, Luh Ayu goes with her grandmother to the beach to celebrate a local traditional holiday. When she reaches the shore, she sees her grandmother cut her foot on plastic trash. She looks around and sees an injured turtle, some dead fish and people swimming in trash. All of a sudden, a fierce monster emerges from the water to attack everyone, including poor Luh Ayu. who is being swallowed by the plastic spitting monster. He is angry and merciless because he himself has suffered from the growing plastic in the seas. He wants revenge. What will Luh Ayu do? How will she save herself, her injured grandmother, her friends and the polluted oceans?

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THE LITTLE PRINCE In Balinese Language and Script - also Roman script
by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Price: Rp125,000
A classic tale for all ages and times. The Little Prince journeys to our planet from his home among the stars, encountering all sorts of benighted grown-ups along the way, and a fox, who teaches him how to see the important things in life. But the Prince has left behind a flower growing on his star, a rose which is his treasure and his burden, and before long he must return to it.
On the surface The Little Prince is a simple story, but this little prince is as wise as they come and his messages of compassion and goodwill continue to endure.

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JAVA GOLD: Hidden Treasures
by Golden Lotus Foundation
Price: Rp850,000
Hidden Treasures, the third book in the Java Gold series explores exquisite ritual objects and statues, many of which are totally one-of-a- kind objects. These hidden treasures from private collections document Java gold from the 7th to the 15th century. As is the case with courtly paraphernalia, the vast majority of Hindu-Buddhist images were used by the highest Javanese royalty during a period of fabulous prosperity. This fabulous collection is of paramount importance to collectors and connoisseurs of the world's most exceptional precious metal works of art.

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JAVA GOLD: The Splendour of Jewellery
by Golden Lotus Foundation
Price: Rp850,000
The gold jewellery from the late 7th to the early 16th century features an endless number of shapes, styles and motifs that mirror the brilliant creativity of Java's culture and its talented goldsmiths.
Gold body ornaments and objects played an essential role as symbol of status and power as well as a magical substance associated with higher powers. These beautiful artworks also conveyed social, economic and cultural messages during public rituals and ceremonies

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JAVA GOLD : The Wealth of Rings
by Nicole Lockhoff
Price: Rp850,000
Java is outstanding for having produced copious works of art in the form of rings. The most unique ring types and finger rings of stunning variety and workmanship. Rings were significant symbols of wealth, social status and power As body ornamentation finger and earrings were widely distributed and most numerous among gold jewellery in ancient Indonesia from the 7th to the 15th centuries when Java was home to a series of spectacular Hindu-Buddhist kingdoms renowned for their temple sculpture and architecture.
Traditionally great lovers of gold, the Javanese were also patrons of virtuoso goldsmiths and other artisans who produced a seemingly endless array of gold jewellery especially during the 13th and 14th century, a period that can be described as a Golden Age. The book includes more than 350 items of jewellery from private collections This pioneering overview on rings brings together a corpus of material that is both representative as valuable antiquities and of fine quality. The rings provide a small and wondrous glimpse of a long-gone era that lives on through them.

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ART OF THE ANCESTORS : NIAS BATAK DAYAK
by Sian E. Jay
Price: Rp500,000
This book presents two collections of sculptures from three of the most vibrant art traditions of the Indonesian archipelago. The people of Nias, the Batak of Sumatra and the Dayak of Borneo have been thoroughly studied for more than a century by explorers and anthropologists who have all commented on the aesthetically distinctive ancestor figures that play an integral part in tribal life. Here, some of the finest surviving examples have been brought together to showcase the artistic virtues of these peoples. Four essays provide a brief introduction to the cultures whose art is represented and discuss their use and meaning in ritual and everyday life.

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SECRET BALI An Unusual Guide
by Narina Exelby and Mark Eveleigh
Price: Rp230,000
Let Secret Bali guide you around the unusual and unfamiliar. Step off the beaten track with this fascinating Bali guide book and let our local experts show you the well-hidden treasures of this amazing city. Ideal for local inhabitants and curious visitors alike. Black sand that has healing power, why you should not whistle while strolling down a nocturnal beach, Bali’s most beautiful and least-visited rice terraces, a very special gift to take home from Bali, a workshop where Batiks are created with unique natural dyes, a place to petition the spirits for a baby, the flute-playing pigeons of Ubud, an enchanting village of unique traditionally styled bamboo roofs, a haunting reunion of some of Bali’s most outrageous demons, one of the worlds best unofficial street-art exhibitions, a tree it is impossible to plant, an ancient fertility statue with more than the usual quota of penises, the worlds most mysterious breed of cattle, a village of the deaf, a miniature version of Java’s Unesco-listed Borobudur, fantastic tranced bull races, the worlds most spectacular traditional fishing craft, an architectural wonder of Bali’s Christian heartland, Bali's only colonial-era rubber plantation … Far from the crowds and the usual cliches, Bali is still a reserve of well-concealed treasures that only reveal themselves to those who know how to wander off the beaten track, whether residents or visitors. An indispensable guide for those who thought they knew Bali well, or who would like to discover the hidden face of the city.

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INDONESIAN PICTURE DICTIONARY
by Linda Hibbs
Price: Rp215,000
A fun and helpful resource for anyone interested in learning some Indonesian--whether you're 5 or 100. This picture dictionary covers the 1,500 most useful Indonesian words and phrases. Each word and sentence is given in Indonesian script-with a Romanized version to help you pronounce it correctly-along with the English meaning. The words are grouped into 40 different themes or topics, including basics like meeting someone new and using public transportation to culture-specific topics like celebrating Indonesian holidays and eating Indonesian food. This colorful picture dictionary includes :

Hundreds of color photographs
1,500 Indonesian words and phrases
40 different topics--from social media and WiFi to paying and counting
Example sentences showing how the words are used
Companion online audio recordings by native Indonesian speakers of all the vocabulary and sentences
An introduction to Indonesian pronunciation and grammar
An index to allow you to quickly look up words

Indonesian Picture Dictionary makes language learning more fun than traditional phrasebooks. This resource is perfect for beginners of all ages--curious kids, visual learners and future travelers to Indonesia.

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INDONESIAN COOKING: SATAYS, SAMBALS AND MORE (soft cover)
by Dina Yuen
Price: Rp190,000
Cook fresh and vibrant dishes with this friendly and instructive Indonesian cookbook. Indonesian Cooking is Chef Dina Yuen's culinary exploration of the world's largest and most diverse archipelago--but surprised everyone (her parents included) by preparing dishes which tasted better than those of her adult classmates After returning the US, she began sharing her knowledge and passion for the foods of Indonesia as a chef, a writer, and through her website Asian-Fusion.com
The dishes in Indonesian Cooking range from the familiar Chicken and Beef Satays, Lumpia Spring Rolls, Fresh Steamed Vegetables with Peanut Dressing (Gado-Gado) and Nasi Goreng (Traditional Indonesian Fried Rice) to more exotic dishes like Spicy Lemongrass Beef, Burned Sugar Pork, Grilled Swordfish with Fragrant Yellow Rice, and Tamarind Roasted Prawns. Indonesian food is easy to make with ingredients readily found in any well-stocked supermarket. Bring the tastes of Indonesia home with the help of Indonesian Cooking

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THE KINGDOM OF CAVES
Written and Illustrated by Hetty Bradley
Price: Rp270,000
Magic Under The Mountain and its sequel Rescue Of The Realm, place modern children in an ancient and fantastic setting. While on the island of Bali, a group of friends adventure in a labyrinth of caves beneath the sacred Mount Agung. Within its depths, journeying through caves and into other realms, the children experience incredible sights, exciting, but perilous situations, and witness legendary deities in a battle. When they emerge from their time-looped travels, they find they have learned more about themselves, and a wonderful, enchanting culture. The author hopes his tale will become a timeless family classic, much as Bali is. With her own heart captured by Bali, she imparts the core wisdoms of life with an energy and pace that will capture and hold the imagination of any child - of any age!

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GAMELAN GIRLS
Gender, Childhood, and Politics in Balinese Music Ensembles The girls and young women reshaping gamelan in Bali
by Sonja Lynn Downing
Price: Rp475,000
In recent years, girls' and mixed-gender ensembles have challenged the tradition of male-dominated gamelan performance. The change heralds a fundamental shift in how Balinese think about gender roles and the gender behaviour taught in children's music education. It also makes visible a national reorganisation of the arts taking place within debates over issues like women's rights and cultural preservation.
Sonja Lynn Downing draws on over a decade of immersive ethnographic work to analyze the ways Balinese musical practices have influenced the processes behind these dramatic changes. As Downing shows, girls and young women assert their agency within the gamelan learning process to challenge entrenched notions of performance and gender. One dramatic result is the creation of new combinations of femininity, musicality, and Balinese identity that resist messages about gendered behaviour from the Indonesian nation-state and beyond. Such experimentation expands the accepted gender aesthetics of gamelan performance but also sparks new understanding of the role children can and do play in ongoing debates about identity and power.

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TIME, RITES AND FESTIVAL IN BALI
by I Gusti Nyoman Darta and Jean Couteau
Price: Rp400,000
For the first time, a book has been written which unravels the difficulty of the Balinese calendar system and makes it accessible to a general audience. Time, Rites and Festivals in Bali, written by two recognized specialists of the culture, is a two part exploration of a breathtaking calendar system—and includes 62 specially commissioned drawings and a selection of photographs of rites along with wooden and painted calendars from museums around the world.
From a lively introduction to the distinctly Balinese concepts of time, to an explanation of the two main calendars of Bali, to an in-depth discussion on the myth of Watugunung which is the basis for the origin of the main calendar system, Time, Rites and Festivals in Bali is a dynamic introduction to the spiritual and daily rituals that evolved at the core of this island nation.

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FALL BABY
by Laksmi Pamuntjak
Price: Rp338,000
The truth of her own origins, as well as the deep, dark secret that enveloped the lives of her parents will change her world. Srikandi—who prefers to be called by her nickname, Siri—is a globe trotting conceptual artist. She is shy, a little introverted and inquisitive. She is also worldly, intelligent, free-spirited and the loneliest woman on the planet. Siri’s personal life, however, defies even her own imagination. Married young but now a widow with an adopted daughter, Siri is forced to confront her beliefs and understanding of family, self, and the world. Will she be able to reconcile with the violence in her parent’s past to move forward in the changing world?

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THE WORLD ODYSSEY OF A BALINESE PRINCE
by Idianna Pucci (Author) and Dr. A. A. Made Djelantik (Illustrator)
Price: Rp228,000
The true story of a prince from Bali, whose fascinating life was shaped by uncommon events and exotic places. Born in 1919, Prince Made Djelantik witnessed pivotal moments of history: the twilight of a feudal age, the Second World War in Nazi-occupied Holland, Indonesia's long battle for independence from four hundred years of Dutch colonial rule, and finally, the great changes provoked on his island by unbridled development. Driven by an early passion for medicine, the prince set sail for Europe on the eve of WWII to study at the University of Amsterdam. His calling then took him to far-flung corners of the planet, where he encountered everything from a pirate ambush in the South China Sea and a night attack by a famished army of rats, to a deadly volcanic eruption and his arrest by Saddam Hussein's secret police. When he returned to Bali in the mid-1970s, his public identity as a doctor took precedence over his royal lineage and he was known simply as "Dr. Djelantik" on the island. The doctor implemented the successful campaign which finally eradicated malaria from Bali and established the island's first hospital. Author Idanna Pucci's evocative narrative of this unusual life is told in short story form, making The World Odyssey of a Balinese Prince an easy read for anyone who finds themselves dreaming of distant places. More than 40 of Dr. Djelantik’s own watercolors—done when he was in his 80s—help to illustrate his adventures in vivid detail.

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THE MYSTERIOUS MARKSMAN
by Seno Gumira Ajidarma
Price: Rp150,000
Between 1983–1985, a series of extrajudicial executions of criminals took place throughout Indonesia in which bodies, many of which had tattoos, were found shot and left in public places. The killings, which became known as petrus, an acronym for penembak misterius (mysterious marksman) and were later admitted to be a government effort to control crime, terrified the unsuspecting public. Three of the stories in this collection are related to this confusing and fearful time. All of the stories deal with despair—sometimes tender, sometimes absurd, sometimes grotesque. Seno Gumira Ajidarma is a master storyteller who can capture a sentiment and turn it into events that unfold as comedy or heartbreaking tragedy, each revealing a desperate struggle to deal with memories and change.

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FLOATING THREADS
Indonesian Songket & Similar Weaving Traditions
by Judi Achjadi
Price: Rp650,000
The photographed textiles cover the 19th century to the present, complementing the text which reaches into the distant past and includes recent experimentations, for contemporary fabrics are as important as historical weavings to the continuation of Indonesia's precious textile traditions. Modernization is the only way to keep weavers interested in plying their trade, stimulated by the popularity of their products. New forms will always arise to replace old styles that have fallen out of favor, but there will always be a weaver or two who will go beyond craft-production to the level of fine art, as the reader will see in this book. "Floating Threads updates our knowledge of what is happening in the textile arts of the Indonesian archipelago today. With her years of experience dealing with the textiles of the region, Judi Achjadi is one of the few people who could successfully attempt such an undertaking." —Mattiebelle Gittinger, Research Associate for Southeast Asian Textiles The Textile Museum at George Washington University, Washington, D.C.

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FLOWERS FROM UNIVERSE
Textiles of Java
by Alit Djajasoebrata
Price: Rp635,000
Traditional Javanese textile art lends itself perfectly to telling stories about the centuries-old culture of the island of Java. Flowers from Universe. Textiles of Java is first of all based on the memories and associations of Alit Djajasoebrata, who grew up in the bosom of her Western Javanese family and as such frequently came into contact with batik in the form of highly prized batikked hipcloths that her female family members used to indirectly convey their personal sentiments to their environment, and distinguished themselves from other women. Alit learned to associate batik patterns and their colours with social occasions and personal moods and was fascinated by the way women talked about them. The associations between textiles, history, mythology and music in Javanese cultures were natural and self-evident. “This book is saturated with the colours and nuances of Alit Djajasoebrata’s personal life and is a testament to her compelling professional thoroughness.” (Toeti Heraty N.)

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THE PAINTED ALPHABET (A Mythical story of Bali)
(Second Edition)
by Diana Darling
Price: Rp215,000
Magic, depravity, spiritual ambition, sensuality, and love - It binds mythic and modern time together in a rich, slyly suggestive novel based on an old Balinese poem. In a fresh and startling picture of Bali - where witches coexist with tourists and talking animals - the novel explores a kaleidoscope of vanity, desire, and the longing for goodness.

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FIRE ISLANDS
Recipes from Indonesia
by Eleanor Ford
Price: Rp450,000
Steep verdant rice terraces, ancient rainforest and fire-breathing volcanoes create the landscape of the world's largest archipelago. Indonesia is a travellers' paradise, with cuisine as vibrant and thrilling as its scenery. Eleanor Ford gives a personal, intimate portrait of a country and its cooking, the recipes exotic yet achievable, and the food brought to life by stunning photography.

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MORE THAN WORDS
Transforming Script, Agency, and Collective Life in Bali
by: Richard Fox
Price: Rp450,000
Grounded in ethnographic and archival research on the Indonesian island of Bali, More Than Words challenges conventional understandings of textuality and writing as they pertain to the religious traditions of Southeast Asia. Through a nuanced study of Balinese script as employed in rites of healing, sorcery, and self-defense, Richard Fox explores the aims and desires embodied in the production and use of palm-leaf manuscripts, amulets, and other inscribed objects.

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A LONELY DEATH AND OTHER STORIES
by: Cok Sawitri
Price: Rp100,000
Cok Sawitri's stories shed light on the lives of modern Balinese people and the varous challenges they face. Readers are invited to exmine the Balinese psyche, mainly their essential need for balance between traditional customs and modern-day life. But external conflicts aren’t Sawitri’s only forte; she also looks into people's hearts.

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SAVU: History and Oral Tradition on an Island of Indonesia
by: Geneviève Duggan and Hans Hägerdal
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The book focuses on the historical trajectories of Savu, an island in the Nusa Tenggara Timur province, eastern Indonesia. It blends historical and anthropological methods, using oral tradition, ethnographic observations, and archival collections. While Savu is a relatively small island, it has gained a wider regional importance.
The text discusses the pre-colonial period up to the 16th century, based on the unusually strong and detailed genealogical tradition, and explains how the various domains emerged on the island. Next it is shown how the early-colonial encounters with the Portuguese and Dutch (VOC) changed the system of governance, how the colonial suzerains functioned as mediators, and how the Savunese provided decisive military support for the Dutch sphere in the Timor region. In the 19th century the Savunese embarked on minor colonial enterprises in Timor and Sumba, and were still largely autonomous vis-à-vis the colonial state. Protestant missionaries gained foothold after 1870, though Christianization was a slow process. Colonial rule via a Dutch-appointed raja was introduced in the early 20th century. The text follows the fate of Savu during the struggle for independence and the postcolonial era, discussing the dilemmas of modernization and the resilience of the unique local culture.

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UNMARKED GRAVES: Death and Survival in the Anti-Communist Violence in East Java, Indonesia
by: Vannessa Hearman
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The anti-communist violence that swept across Indonesia in 1965–66 produced a particularly high death toll in East Java. It also transformed the lives of hundreds of thousands of survivors, who faced decades of persecution, imprisonment and violence. In this book, Vannessa Hearman examines the human cost and community impact of the violence on people from different sides of the political divide. In recent times, the Indonesian killings have received increased attention, but researchers have struggled to overcome a dearth of available records and the stigma associated with communist party membership. By studying events in a single province and focusing on the experiences of individuals, Hearman has taken a large step toward a better understanding of a fraught period in Indonesia’s recent past.

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TRANSLATING THE BODY : Medical Education in Southeast Asia
Edited by Hans Pols, C. Michele Thompson & John Harley Warner
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Western conceptions of the body differ significantly from indigenous knowledge and explanatory frameworks in Asia. As colonial governments assumed responsibility for health care, conceptions of the human body were translated into local languages and related to vernacular views of health, disease, and healing. The contributors to this volume chart and analyze the organization of western medical education in Southeast Asia, public health education in the region, and the response of practitioners of “traditional medicine”.
“Translating the body” is a shorthand for the formulation of medical ideas, practices, and epistemologies in contexts that require both interpretation and transmission. The process is both linguistic and cultural, and in approaching medical education, the book follows recent work in translation studies that underscores the translation not merely of words but of cultures.

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MATARAM : A novel of love, faith and power in early Java
by: Tony Reid
Price: Rp250,000
Seventeenth century Java is in turmoil between its Hindu-Buddhist past and its Muslim future, while pepper draws Europe’s quarrelling spice-hungry traders to its shores. Thomas Hodes of the East India Company seizes a chance at glory by being the first to venture ashore at the pepper port of Banten in 1608. Will he unlock the mysterious riches of Java for the English, or die forgotten with a Javanese kris or Portuguese Poignard between his ribs? The key seems to lie with his captivating interpreter Sri, under whose spell he falls, but Hodges can only keep both Sri and his Englishness by inventing a mission from King James to the mysterious great ruler of the interior - Mataram.

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ANGGADI TUPA: Harvesting the Storm
by John Waromi
Price: Rp150.000
The first ever novel by a Papuan author, this story of generosity, greed, and resilience follows the friendship of several underwater and amphibious creatures. In this ecological parable, John Waromi shows the effects of “harvesting the storm” and reaping the results of actions beyond our control. He sheds light on not only the ecology of the southern Papuan coast but also the lives of its people and their culture.

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RAUMANEN
by Marianne Katoppo
Price: Rp150.000
Raumanen, a prize-winning novel by Marianne Katoppo, tells the story of Monang, a handsome but wayward Batak man, and Raumanen, a young Minahasa woman who, though educated and intelligent, is also a “soft touch” when it comes to love. As is deftly revealed by the author in this novel, even in modern day Indonesia, matters of religion and ethnicity can greatly affect–for better or worse-the course of a couple’s relationship.

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OUT OF UBUD
by various Indonesian Writers
Edited by John McGlynn and Laura Noszlopy
Price: Rp150.000
Outside of Indonesia, little is known about the country’s writers and their works. Helping to change that situation is the annual Ubud Writers and Readers Festival (UWRF) which, since the festival’s first incarnation in 2004, has brought more than 350 Indonesian authors to Ubud to stand alongside their fellow authors from around the world. Although this collection is but a small sample of literary works by emerging authors who have joined the festival over the years, it will introduce you to the heart of Indonesia: to a world of hardship and heartbreak, conflict and peace. Each and every story adds to the sum of its parts: the complex and rich culture of one of the world’s most misunderstood nations.

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THE WEAVERBIRDS
by YB Mangunwijaya
Price: Rp225.000

A landmark novel, The Weaverbirds is a tale of physical and spiritual struggles. The story spans from the formative days of Indonesia’s independence to Indonesia’s oil crisis in the mid 1970s. Larasati, the precious daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Antana, and Setadewa, the army-brat son of Capt. And Mrs. Brajabasuki, are childhood friends. But when they are older, they find themselves on the opposite sides of the country’s political spectrum. Even with their many differences, their relationship offers guidance to survival in a chaotic world.

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THE BEAT OF MY HEART
Written and Illustrated by: Jane Mitchell
Price: Rp150,000

Inspired by the Monkey Forest of Ubud this is a visual delight. Jane Mitchell has blended a beautiful story with stunning watercolours to take us on a poetic visual journey of a monkey and his connection to people. The illustrations show landmarks of Bali : ricefields, temples, nature, as well as capturing the spiritual essence of the people who live in Ubud, Bali.

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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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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: Rp230,000

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: Rp298,000

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: Rp498,000

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: Rp238,000

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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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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