The Love Story of My Father and Me

A story about a girl who wants to grow into an independent woman, but her mother thinks a good woman is obedient and long-suffering, and her father takes advantage of such attitudes and exploits women who lead freer lifestyles. This is a story of the bond of family under the strain of abuse. This one’s for all the girls who’ve had to find their own way, alone.

Someplace Between Respect and Desire

My confusion and alarm soon turned to fear. I felt with every cell on my skin my disadvantaged situation: I was the woman and he was the man, I was Asian and he was white, I was just another local girl and he was the dashing coveted foreigner, I was younger, less experienced, less beautiful, and I probably liked him much more than he liked me.

NT Writers Festival: Wordstorm 2016

May 5-8 Eka Kurniawan and I attended Wordstorm, Northern Territories Writers Festival in Darwin, Australia. We talked about political change in Indonesia, female sexuality, freedom and its costs, and censorship.

Jakarta Launch, 24 February 2016

Celebrate the launch of Eliza Vitri Handayani’s novel From Now On Everything Will Be Different, finally launched in Jakarta. With Kartika Jahja, Dinda Kanyadewi, Sakdiyah Ma’ruf, Jewel Topsfield, Olin Monteiro, and Vendy Methodos.

From Now On Everything Will Be Different

As democratic reforms swept Indonesia in the late nineties, the nation’s young generation asked themselves: what does it mean to be free? This novel is a compelling study of freedom and love, community and conformity, told with humour, sensuality and a subtly sharp political intelligence.

From Now on Everything will be Different (excerpt)

How was it possible that these people, after three decades of silence and obedience and fear, now found the courage to protest? These people were so used to submitting to fate. How had they decided that they could break the course of History? The protests impressed him profoundly as the first confirmation that one could indeed bring about change. He would never forget how, along with the sound of thousands of students marching, he had heard God lovingly whisper in his ear, ‘You too can change your life’s course.’

Bandung Launch, 17 February 2014

Reformasi mendorong Rizky dan Julita untuk menggapai kebebasan. Tapi apa makna kebebasan? Awalnya kedua tokoh novel mencari kebebasan dari hal-hal yang jelas: perintah guru atau orangtua yang semena-mena, kemudian dari rezim yang menindas. Setelah itu, dari hal-hal yang lebih subtil: Bagaimana seseorang bisa bebas menjadi diri sendiri? Bisakah melepaskan diri dari siklus kegagalan? Dari kecanduan? Bisakah membebaskan diri dari cengkeraman nafsu, dari takdir yang sepertinya menggariskan jalan hidup kita? Bisakah memutus belenggu kebiasaan dan mencipta ulang diri sendiri?

Jakarta Launch, 8 February 2014

Yayasan Pustaka Obor Indonesia dengan bangga meluncurkan novel MULAI SAAT INI SEGALANYA AKAN BERUBAH karya Eliza Vitri Handayani.

Mulai Saat Ini Segalanya Akan Berubah

Seraya Indonesia menjelang demokrasi pada akhir ’90-an, generasi muda bertanya: apa makna kebebasan? Seorang laki-laki dan seorang perempuan mendambakan kebebasan untuk jadi diri sendiri, meskipun itu berarti hidup di luar norma-norma masyarakat dan budaya.