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From Batavia to Jakarta in Poetry


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From Batavia to Jakarta in Poetry by Zeffry Alkatiri
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Zeffry Alkatiri's collection of poems is a romp through history in verse. These poems are flashes of past events that are unrolled to form a historical mosaic of Indonesia's capital city. Starting with the Dutch turning Jacatra into Batavia, the poems paint a unique picture of the development Jakarta has undergone to date.

Author Biography

Zeffry Alkatiri was born in Jakarta in 1959 and raised in a multicultural (Arab-Betawi) family. He has a B.A. in Russian Studies, a M.A. in American Studies, and a PhD in History. He writes both fiction and non-fiction, focusing on the socio-cultural history of Jakarta. He is the recipient of several prestigious literary awards.
Release date Australia
December 30th, 2015
Translated by Debbie Cole Translated by Michael Gross
Country of Publication
Yayasan Lontar
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