Fleeing war in Sudan


By Utami Kusumawati It was the lowest moment in her life. Khamisa Abdulla was tired of everything. She felt constantly nauseous and wanted only to sleep. She and her seven children had been struggling to live in Cairo, where they had been waiting for almost two years to hear about their application for refugee status. … Continue reading Fleeing war in Sudan

Escaping the slavery of ISIS


By Utami Kusumawati While being held captive by the Islamic State, Shireen Jardo Ibrahim wanted to end her life. The young Yazidi woman who now lives in Lincoln said she could no longer bear the torture, frustration and humiliation of being an ISIS slave for nine months. “I just hated myself and wanted to commit … Continue reading Escaping the slavery of ISIS

Harlan Ellison: Truth and the Writer (Young and Old)


To hell with the swimming pools and balling the starlets and impressing everybody. Because, you see, I'm nothing.       I'm nothing at all without writing. Without truth, my truth, the only truth I know, it's all a gambol in the pasture without rhythm or sense. It's empty. God gave it to me (so help … Continue reading Harlan Ellison: Truth and the Writer (Young and Old)

Sangsi


Beberapa hari lalu, perempuan itu mengetahui bahwa dia mendapatkan angka 33 dari skala 33. A plus. Nilai tertinggi untuk satu hal yang paling dia cemaskan selama ini: tata bahasa Inggris. Nilai itu bahkan diberikan oleh dosen yang terkenal paling susah dan ketat dalam urusan tata bahasa di kampusnya. Sampai saat ini dia masih merasa tidak … Continue reading Sangsi

Fear of losing you


Lincoln, Nebraska. 12:21 AM Sometimes, I feel like I have lost you inch by inch. Each time you speak or write, I am always afraid that I will find the fact there is too much difference between us that is not meant to be together. Threads that do not cross one another. And that you … Continue reading Fear of losing you

Catatan Menjadi Seorang Novelis


William Boyd menceritakan bagaimana novel pertamanya diterbitkan Diterjemahkan oleh Utami Diah Kusumawati dari Notes on Becoming a Novelist oleh William Boyd dari buku the Writers' and Artist' Yearbook 2014 Pada awal 1970-an, semasa masih kuliah, aku mulai membayangkan menjadi seorang novelis. Persoalannya adalah aku benar-benar tidak punya petunjuk bagaimana merealisasikan mimpiku yang samar tetapi terasa begitu kuat. Sulit … Continue reading Catatan Menjadi Seorang Novelis