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Laksmi Pamuntjak

Laksmi Pamuntjak

Laksmi Pamuntjak is a bilingual Indonesian novelist, poet, journalist, essayist, and food critic. Her first bestselling novel, Amba:The Question of Red tells the modern story of two ill-starred lovers, Amba and Bhisma of the great Hindu epic Mahabharata, who were driven apart by one of the bloodiest purges in the 20th century—the massacre of up to one million accused communists in Indonesia between 1965 and 1968. The book won the Germany’s LiBeraturpreis 2016 and has been translated into several languages. Laksmi’s second novel, Aruna and Lidahnya, was a bestseller in Indonesia and published in the US in February 2018 under the title The Birdwoman’s Palate (AmazonCrossing).