Anda tak akan bisa mengerti dan memahami Indonesia tanpa mengerti tentang sejarah kelam Genosida 1965-1966. Paling tidak 7 dari 30 buku pilihan Jakarta Globe Reading Club’s dengan tajuk “Reading Indonesia: 30 Books That Will Help You Understand the Southeast Asian Giant” (Jakarta Globe September 06, 2018) terkait langsung atau tidak, sedikit atau banyak sejarah kelam itu. Saya memberikan apresiasi yang tinggi atas inisiatif dan rintisan kawan-kawan Jakarta Globe Reading Club’s dengan kesadaran dan mata kesejarahan yang tepat.
7 Buku Tersebut adalah :
A History of Modern Indonesia by Adrian Vickers (2005)
Indonesian history since the early twentieth century when it was still under Dutch control peppered with the writings, thoughts and personal anecdotes of Pramoedya Ananta Toer. A serious academic work that offers a personal understanding of the country’s modern origins.
Buru Quartet by Pramoedya
Ananta Toer (1980)
Ananta Toer (1980)
Composed in the Buru Island prison, the epic four-part novel is inspired by the life of pioneering journalist Tirto Adhi Soerjo and provides an overview of a colonial society (the word “Indonesia” is never mentioned in the novel), and the emergence of its “national awakening.”
*lebih karena alasan Pramoedya Ananta Toer adalah alumni buru – survivor ’65
Pretext for Mass Murder: The September 30th Movement and Suharto’s Coup d’État in Indonesia by John Roosa (2006)
A must-read for students of modern Indonesian history – and for anyone interested in political violence, the role of the military in politics and US foreign policy – the book delves into the mystery behind the “30th September Movement” and how this enabling myth of Suharto’s repressive regime was created.
Kekerasan Budaya Pasca 1965: Bagaimana Orde Baru Meligitimasi Anti-Komunisme Melalui Sastra dan Film
(Post-1965 Cultural Violence: How the New Order Legitimized Anti-Communism Through Literature and Film) by Wijaya Herlambang (2013) The book exposes the New Order regime’s attempt to use cultural products (and their cultural “agents”) to legitimize the 1965-66 mass killings of Indonesian communists, and to distort the history of leftist movements in Indonesia by creating an image of them as “the Devil’s ideologues.”
Ronggeng Dukuh Paruk (The Dancer) by Ahmad Tohari (1982)
Political turmoil and human tragedy in the aftermath of the 1965-66 mass killings of Indonesian communists provide the historical backdrop for a tragic love story involving a “ronggeng,” traditional erotic dancers from Central Java. Originally published as a trilogy, the novel was adapted into film as “Sang Penari” in 2011.
Unfinished Nation: Indonesia Before and After Soeharto by Max Lane (2008)
Going against the grain of most “Indonesianist” books, Max Lane argues that massive political transformations in Indonesia were often directed by small resistance groups, and that the country’s real heroes were the Indonesian workers and peasants whose sustained mass direct action toppled Suharto’s New Order, one of the most enduring dictatorships of modern times.
Cantik Itu Luka (Beauty is a Wound) by Eka Kurniawan (2002)
Drawing inspirations from as far afield as Abdullah Harahap’s horror fiction dime novels and Don Quixote, this novel subtly critiques the possibility of a historical fiction of Indonesia. Published by the prestigious New Directions in the US, “Beauty is a Wound” is one of The New York Times’ 100 Notable Books of 2015 and has been translated into 34 languages.