Book launch and discussion with Soe Tjen Marching about her two new books, “Yang Tak Kunjung Padam” and “Tiga Kitab”

Monday, 15 May 2023, 7 pm,
Berlin Global Village, Am Sudhaus 2, 12053 Berlin


Since the mid-1950s, the American government had already been worried about the growth of the Communist party in Indonesia. Later, the CIA started funding a section of the Indonesian army with weapons and money to eradicate the communists and left-wing sympathisers. From 1965 to 1967, approximately one to two million people were murdered by Soeharto’s army in the name of suppression of the Communist Party, while million others were imprisoned, tortured and or/raped. This was later known as the 1965 Genocide. “Yang Tak Kunjung Padam” addresses political exiles whose passports were confiscated by Soeharto in the aftermath of the 1965 mass murder, while “Tiga Kitab” features a collection of poems which relate the 1965 genocide with other genocides as well as with Abrahamic holy books. Join us for an insightful discussion of these two works on a crucial but often overlooked part of history.
Soe Tjen Marching is senior lecturer in the department of Languages and Cultures at SOAS University of London. She is also a composer, and also writes fiction.






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