New Indonesian Writer: Erick Setiawan


I’m quite impressed by this short story: http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2010/mar/13/indonesia-boyhood-grandmother-erick-setiawan

Erick Setiawan is a first time author.  It appears that the story in the above link is a memoir.  However the novel Of Bees and Mists is fictional, but loosely based on stories true and mythic which he heard while growing up in Indonesia. 

He left the country after high school to study engineering, but after graduating he found himself increasingly drawn to fiction.  Interesting that he chooses to write in English, don’t you think?  I have my own theories for why that would be, but I’ll save it for another post.

There has been quite a diaspora of talented Chinese Indonesians over the past few decades.  I expect they will begin to return as the country becomes more affluent and lawful.

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