26 August-17 September 2016 Eliza had the opportunity to tour Melbourne, Sydney, and Adelaide to promote her novel From Now On Everything Will Be Different. Her appearances were supported by WrICE and Vagabond Press.
At MWF Eliza spoke at the panels Muslim Feminism, Protest & Rebellion, and Writers Across Borders. She was also one of the surprise guests at Dumbo Feather’s Caravan Conversation.
Tema mengupayakan keberanian untuk hidup sesuai pilihanmu, untuk merasa dirimu punya harga diri meskipun berbeda dengan mayoritas, dirimu layak dicintai biarpun orang-orang bilang dirimu rusak—apakah itu hanya masalah pribadi? Tidak, itu pun politis. Karena merasa memiliki harga diri memberdayakan kita. Kita jadi punya keberanian untuk mengangkat suara, untuk menceritakan kisah kita, untuk tidak lagi menerima diskriminasi atau penindasan.
After warnings from local police, the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival 2015 has had to cancel the launch of Eliza Vitri Handayani’s novel From Now On Everything Will Be Different.
As the nation struggled to determine what Indonesia should look like during Reformasi and beyond, these two characters were also struggling to determine what they wanted to be. More than just a love story, this novel is very smart with a very interesting structure, going back and forth in time and mixing epistolary form of emails and text messages with chronological narration.
Love, freedom, and identity are all connected. If we have freed ourselves from a repressive regime, from unfair social norms, can we be free to be who we are? Can we break free from our own fears, from our own past? Are we free to choose what kind of person we want to be?
My characters and I grew up under the New Order, which enforced uniformity. Just as they were graduating college and it was time for them to enter the real world, there were all these new freedoms. Now they could be different, they didn’t have to fear censorship or persecution anymore. But as the euphoria passed, they realized there was still a lot of challenges, and they still had to face their own fears and self-destructive habits. By drawing parallels between my character’s endeavors to realize themselves and Indonesia’s efforts towards democracy, I want to write a story about how to break free and be loved for who you are.
FROM NOW ON EVERYTHING WILL BE DIFFERENT has been selected by the Indonesian national committee as one of the titles to be translated in preparation for Frankfurt Book Fair 2015.
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.