Manoa, vol. 12, no. 1 (2000): Silenced Voices

Silenced Voices cover imagePresented by Manoa: A Pacific Journal of International Writing

Silenced Voices: New Writing from Indonesia

Frank Stewart, editor; John McGlynn, feature editor

Silenced Voices presents contemporary writing from Indonesia, and at the same time a selection of fiction, poetry and essays from throughout the Pacific region. Many of the Indonesian writers in the volume were imprisoned or persecuted for their opposition to the country’s authoritarian governments and draconian restrictions on freedom of expression. Guest editor John H. McGlynn gathered the Indonesian writing, most of it banned or censored work and appearing in English for the first time.

Editor’s Note


Between the Bars, 25
Hersri Setiawan

Silenced Voices, Muted Expressions: Indonesian Literature Today, 38
John H. McGlynn

Three Women, 48

Toward Independence: A Century of Indonesia Photographed, 71
Jane Levy Reed

Two Essays, 151
Xue Di

I, the Accused, 193
Abdul Latief


Within the Silk Hangings of Our Canopy Bed, 1
Willis Barnstone

Village Dancer, 13
Ahmad Tohari

A Bad Joke, 147
Ha Jin

An Activist in New York, 169
Ayu Utami

The Incident, 203
Seno Gumira Ajidarma

Leftover Soul, 214
Putu Oka Sukanta

The Bird, 230
Albert Wendt


The King’s Witch, 65
Goenawan Mohamad

Marsinah Accuses, 155
Ratna Sarumpaet


Fear of the Word: A Conversation with Will Schwalbe on Publishing Pramoedya Ananta Toer, 183
Harold Augenbraum


The Poem behind the Poem: Literary Translation As American Poetry, 74
Willis Barnstone, Mark Bender, William I. Elliot, Ok-Koo Kang Grosjean, Jane Hirshfield, Leza Lowitz, Ken McCullough, Shogo Oketani, J.P. Seaton, Eric Selland, Gary Snyder, and Michelle Yeh


Two Poems, 10
Arthur Sze

Stand behind the Dead, 199
Xue Di

from Minding the Darkness, 224
Peter Dale Scott

Reviews, 242

About the Contributors, 261