WITMonth #15: Home

Home examines the tragedy of political exiles during Suharto’s regime (1965–1998), who were forced out of Indonesia after the 1965 massacre of a million or more presumed “Communists” and the imprisonment of another tens of thousands of people. At the time, thousands of Indonesians who were abroad had their passports revoked and were exiled. History was manipulated by the Suharto government to cast a favorable light on its involvement in this tragedy. A whole generation of Indonesians were raised in a world of forced silence, where facts were suppressed and left unspoken.

Although the tumultuous events of 1965 envelop Home’s background, this is not a novel about ideology. Going back and forth between Jakarta and Paris in 1965 and 1998, Home is about the lives of Indonesians in exile, their families and their friends, including those left behind in Indonesia. It is not only a story of love, lust, and betrayal, but also of laughter, adventure, and food.

Author: Leila S. Chudori
Translator: John H. McGlynn
Publisher: Deep Vellum

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