The 9 Best Indonesia Books of 2021

November 05, 2021


The Best Indonesia Books of 2021 is a list of books that we think you will want to read and enjoy, so we’ve added a few highlights from the best Indonesian books of the year to round out our list this year.

Books like this, which are written in the same style and tone as classic novels, are a great way to get started in Indonesian culture and literature. These books are also a great way to learn more about the country and the writing style, so even if you don't plan to read any of these books, a little bit of knowledge can’t hurt.

The book of the year is undoubtedly this one by the legendary Indonesian novelist, poet, and writer, Soetoro Jayakarta from his debut novel, The Dark Tree, which is still going strong today and was recently turned into a movie. The book tells the story of a young man growing up in Jakarta in the 1960s and is told through Jayakarta's own voice, giving it a unique feel.

The book is also notable for being the first Indonesian book to be published English in English.

It was translated from the Dutch by A. P. Jaffar (who also wrote The Devil in the White City) and published in the U.S. by New Directions in 2012.

As a reader and author, I think The Dark Tree is one of the best Indonesian novels I've ever read. Jayakarta is a great city to be in, and it's also a great city to write about. The book is written in such an engrossing voice that it's hard to put down. The book is also a very good example of the work of young Indonesian author, Rizal Boman who writes like a man on fire.

Indonesians are indeed a people of contrasts.

The Dutch wrote about this quite well with their book The Devil in the White City. In Indonesia, the novel is written by a man on fire.


This is one of the reasons I love Indonesian literature. It is so good at mixing past and present and at portraying people in such a different light that you can never really believe what you're reading until you get to the end of the book. I love Indonesian literature because it is so realistic in writing.

This Indonesian novel is written by a man on fire.

He is very angry, but he can also be very charming. His voice is very different, as are his thoughts. His anger is directed towards his country, but his heart is for his family. That is what makes this novel so great. His family is at an absolute crossroads. His wife is pregnant with their first child, and his son is having a tough time right now because he has no father.

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