Everyday Balinese By I Gusti Made Sutjaja

Everyday Balinese is a concise and user-friendly guide to the Balinese language targeted to anyone who wishes to learn colloquial Balinese. There are 23 lessons (not exercises) in this course book, each with a dialog that centers around daily life. These realistic beginner conversations are a great way to learn Balinese as it is really […]

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Democracy for Sale by Edward Aspinall and Ward Berenschot

What is remarkable about the free-wheeling, rough and tumble style of Indonesian politics, as compared to other “third-wave” democracies like Mexico, India and Brazil, is that every sphere of state life is essentially governed by an off-the-books shadow state. In Democracy for Sale, Edward Aspinall and Ward Berenschot assess the informal networks and political strategies […]

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Handy Pocket Guide to Tropical Herbs & Spices by Wendy Hutton

If you’ve ever wandered around an Asian wet market and saw things that you don’t have any clue about or how they could possibly be used in cooking, Handy Pocket Guide to Tropical Herbs & Spices is the book for you. This useful, portable (though not exactly “pocket” size) reference introduces 50 herbs, spices and […]

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Curious Encounters of the Human Kind: Borneo True Asian Tales of Folly, Greed, Ambition and Dreams by Paul Spencer Sochaczewski

Curious Encounters: Borneo, a collection of observances, polemical essays, flights of fantasy, keen observations and learned discussions, is a crash introduction to the physical, economic and political realities of Borneo – the East Malaysian states of Sabah and Sarawak; the small territory ruled by the Sultan of Brunei and the four Indonesian provinces that make […]

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Snow Over Surabaya by Nigel Barley

How a bored and awkward Scottish schoolgirl with a yearning for distant lands grew up to become a revolutionary hero in a remote archipelagic nation, eventually writing one of the most celebrated war novels of the 20th century, is the unlikeliest of stories, but one that Muriel Stewart Walker actually lived. Always searching for an […]

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Bandit Saints of Java by George Quinn

When Islam first arrived in Indonesia in the 15th C., it came ready-packaged in a mystical doctrine that was widely welcomed across Java. Though widespread conversion from the Hindu-Buddhist faith to Islam was complete by the 1600s, the old belief systems did not disappear. Buddhism and Hinduism had a presence on Java for 1000 years […]

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I Am Woman

I Am Woman is about women taking a stand against society and the patriarchal conventions that oppresses them. The world of Indonesian women is a large and hidden one, and writing and publishing stories is one way they are able to emerge from their hiding places. The stories are fictional works but nevertheless speak to […]

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Bali Water Project by Richard Foss

Tourists are instantly attracted to Bali’s people, culture and religion, but what they do not see are the island’s rural poor who are not a part of the tourism industry. Hidden away in small villages and subsistence farms, they live and work out of sight from the island’s highways and backroads. For 12 years Richard […]

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A Geek in Indonesia by Tim Hannigan

For anyone wanting to move beyond tired travel guide formulas, award-winning travel writer and Indonesia expert Tim Hannigan has finally given Southeast Asia’s biggest country its proper due. A Geek in Indonesia provides a hip, streetwise introduction to an increasingly popular travel destination. From the author’s extensive first-hand experience gained from living many years in […]

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Twilight in Kuta by David Nesbit

Twilight in Kuta explores love, loss and infidelity in present-day Indonesia from a number of perspectives: the bule (Caucasian) English teacher, the frustrated and cheating 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 […]

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