What are the best novels about Indonesia?

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    #1Ca-bau-kan: Hanya Sebuah Dosa

    Ca-bau-kan: Hanya Sebuah Dosa

    Ca Bau Kan: Hanya Sebuah Dosa is a historical fiction written by Remy Sylado. Originally published in 2001 by KPG, the novel focuses on the struggles of a woman in Indonesia during the late Indies-Dutch period.


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    Paul Herrera
    Written on May 21, 2018
    "If you love to read and learn about other cultures, then pick upCa-bau-kan: Hanya Sebuah Dosa. This is a book about an Indonesia women forced into prostitution. This is well written book. It is very sad and up lifting at the same time."
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    #2Critical Eleven (Indonesian Edition)

    Critical Eleven (Indonesian Edition)

    Critical Eleven is a romance novel written by Ika Natassa. Originally published in 2015 by PT Gramedia Pustaka Utama, the book focuses on the story of Ale and Anya.


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    Melissa Patel
    Written on May 22, 2018
    "Indonesia novels about romance are not my genre. If this is the best then it would be hard for me to judge. The romance is so so and the characters felt a little flat. Other than that the story is fine for a romance novel."
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    #3Atheis (Asian and Pacific Writing)

    Atheis (Asian and Pacific Writing)

    Atheis (Asian and Pacific Writing) is a book in Indonesian literature by Achdiat K. Mihardja and translated by R.J. Maguire. Originally published in 1949, it discusses Roman Atheis and its influence on the lifestyles of the Indonesians.


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    Victoria Nguyen
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "Atheis is a book that tells you all about Indonesia and it's culture. It's a short book - at only 150 pages, so it is easy to read in just about an hour. I found it to be nicely written and not judgmental about this Asian country. Recommend to those looking to learn about Indonesia and it's people.. "
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    #4Para priyayi: Sebuah novel

    Para priyayi: Sebuah novel

    Para Priyayi: Sebuah Novel is a fictional novel written by Umar Kayam. Originally published in 1992 by Oustaka Utama Grafiti, it focuses on the story of Soedarsono, a simple child of farmers, who is expected to start a family dynasty.


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    Kathy Diaz
    Written on May 19, 2018
    "Being interested in stories about cultures around the world, I picked up a translated copy of this novel. Unfortunately, I feel like there may have been some issues with the translation. I even tried finding a different translation of this Indonesian tale, but everything else I found was in the native language. The story, in general, seems interesting - about a boy who is expected to do great things for his family, and the pressures it puts on him, and the conflicts he feels between what he wants to do and what he is expected to do. I just wish I didn't have troubles reading it so I could understand some of the conflicts better. I would only recommend reading this if you understand Indonesian, so you can pick up the original novel and read it that way."
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    #5Laskar Pelangi

    Laskar Pelangi

    Laskar Pelangi is a fictional novel written by Andrea Hirata. Originally published in 2005, it focuses on the childhood stories of the members of Laskar Pelangi.


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    Dorothy Hernandez
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "Good book. Worth the read. I learned things about indonesia I did not know. "
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    #6Ronggeng Dukuh Paruk

    Ronggeng Dukuh Paruk

    Ronggeng Dukuh Paruk is a collection of three fictional novels written by Ahmad Tohari. Originally published in January 2003 by Gramedia Pustaka Utama, it focuses on the story of Srintil, a beloved and famous figure. 


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    Elizabeth Dixon
    Written on May 20, 2018
    "This is one of the best books about Indonesia. Telling the story of Gramedia Pustaka Utama a beloved and famous Indonesian figure. You learn all about the life of this beautiful figure as well as the country of Indonesia where she was born and raised. Beautiful story and great for anyone wanting to learn the culture of this beautiful place."
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    #7AMBA: Sebuah Novel (Indonesian Edition)

    AMBA: Sebuah Novel (Indonesian Edition)

    Amba: Sebuah Novel is a historical fiction written by Laksmi Pamuntjak. Originally published in 2012 by Gramedia Pustaka Utama, the book focuses on the story Amba and Bhisma in Mahabharata in 1965.


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    Doris Sun
    Written on May 22, 2018
    "This is a very deep, abstruse book whose meaning must be unraveled slowly as the reader goes along. However, the quality of the writing is quite stunning, and the characters are gripping and nuanced so that I found myself eager to find out how the story would unfold. It was also very instructive to me as an American, in that I learned a great deal about life in Indonesia and the different historical events and customs that govern the culture. It covers a great deal of territory: romance, politics, drama, and life in general. It was a challenging read overall, but one that I felt was worthwhile."
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    #8Arus balik

    Arus balik

    Arus Balik is a historical fiction book written by Pramoedya Ananta Toer. Originally published in 1995 by Hasta Mitra, the novel focuses on the adventures of Wiranggaleng, a simple village boy from Malacca. (Currently Unavailable).


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    Alice Baker
    Written on May 20, 2018
    "I read Arus Balik in college to write a paper on. It's written about Indonesia. I had a hard time getting into the plot. The characters were well written. I wouldnt recomend it unless you really enjoy fictional books. "


Best What are the best novels about Indonesia
1Ca-bau-kan: Hanya Sebuah DosaBooks 16 Paid
2Critical Eleven (Indonesian Edition)Books 13 Paid
3Atheis (Asian and Pacific Writing)Books 11 Paid
4Para priyayi: Sebuah novelBooks 8 Paid
5Laskar PelangiBooks 7 Paid
6Ronggeng Dukuh ParukBooks 6 Paid
7AMBA: Sebuah Novel (Indonesian Edition)Books 3 Paid
8Arus balikBooks 1 Paid

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