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Book Launch and Discussion “Mountains More Ancient”

10 December, 2022 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Isna Marifa’s debut novel Mountains More Ancient focuses on the Indonesian experience of slavery in South Africa. Set in 1751, nine-year-old Wulan finds herself half a world away from her home in Java, lost without her family. She and her father, Parto, are enslaved on a Cape Colony farmstead, with little hope of returning home. In this new world, they hold fast to their Javanese identity and beliefs. This book shines a light on the history of subjugation through a timeless story of love, loss, and longing.

The book will be launched on 10 December 2022, 5.30-7.00 pm at SEA Junction following its launch in Indonesia during the 19th Ubud Writers & Readers Festival (UWRF) at the end of October 2022. The author Isna Marifa will be present and discuss her book with the visual artist/writer Shane Bunnag.

Author’s Bio

Isna Marifa is a senior environmental specialist and author. Brought up mostly in Indonesia, she also spent time in the US and Japan. She was thus exposed to literature from different parts of the world, finding in it a window to people, their history, and culture. A visit to South Africa led to her commitment to telling the story of the Javanese who were taken there in the colonial era. Mountains More Ancient (Kabar Media, 2022) is her first novel.

Commentator’s Bio

Shane Bunnag grew up in England and Greece, and studied history at the University of Edinburgh. He has worked as a documentary filmmaker, a writer and photographer but he would describe himself as a visual artist. He is essentially a hybrid individual, combining places, bloodlines, cultures, and passions. For more information, please see https://shanebunnag.com.

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SEA Junction, established under the Thai non-profit organization Foundation for Southeast Asia Studies (ForSEA), aims to foster understanding and appreciation of Southeast Asia in all its socio-cultural dimensions, from arts and lifestyles to economy and development. Conveniently located at Room 408 of the Bangkok Arts and Culture Center or BACC (across MBK, BTS National Stadium), SEA Junction facilitates public access to knowledge resources and exchanges among students, practitioners and Southeast Asia lovers. For more information, see www.seajunction.org, join the Facebook group:  http://www.facebook.com/groups/1693058870976440/ and follow us on Twitter and Instagram @seajunction


10 December, 2022
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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SEA Junction