By I Nyoman Darma Putra

A Literary mirror is the 1st English-language paintings to comprehensively examine Indonesian-language literature from Bali from a literary and cultural standpoint. It covers the interval from 1920 to 2000. this can be an exceptionally wealthy box for learn into the methods Balinese view their tradition and the way they reply to exterior cultural forces. This paintings enhances the massive variety of latest stories of Bali and its heritage, anthropology, conventional literature, and the appearing arts. A Literary Mirror is a useful source for these gaining knowledge of twentieth-century Balinese authors who wrote in Indonesian. formerly, such writers have got little or no realization within the latest literature. An appendix supplies brief biographical info of many major writers and lists their paintings. complete textual content (Open entry)

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Ketut Nadha, who had worked for Bali 10 There is no information available to explain why these works were published in Medan, rather than Jakarta or somewhere else closer to Bali. 11 The play of Mas Wirjasoetha is mentioned, but not discussed, in Schulte Nordholt 2000, while Made Otar’s novels are listed in Stuart-Fox 1992:480. According to Schulte Nordholt, Wirjasoetha’s play is not available (personal communication, 12-11-1998). 12 Nyoman S. Pendit, interview, Jakarta, 17-1-2000. Pendit stated that he published several poems in Bali Shimbun.

Kertanadi’s poem is a syair in acrostic form, meaning that the title of the poem can be read sequentially from the initial letters of the lines or stanzas. It promoted the ideas of the periodical and its aspirations of bringing enlightenment to Balinese society. This, however, is the only poem Bali Adnjana ever published. It is noteworthy that although Bali Adnjana opened a library that contained traditional literature such as the Ramayana and the Mahabharata for the public to borrow, showing that it had an interest in literary works, it did not publish any other original literary works either in Malay (Indonesian) or Balinese.

Poets like Sutardji Calzoum Bachri and Sapardi Djoko Damono, who had been closely associated with abstract or obscure poetry, began to articulate social concerns in their poems. ) 24 A literary mirror Copperfield’s reality ’90) (Horison, July 1993:14) associates Indonesia with the well-known magician David Copperfield and portrays it as a magical and corrupt country, full of illusions. Sapardi’s poem entitled Dongeng Marsinah (Marsinah’s tale) (Kalam 8, 1996:58-60) features a character named Marsinah, a lower class labourer from East Java, who is tragically killed while struggling for her rights as a worker.

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