SOAS University of London

Centre of South East Asian Studies

Ratih Kumala’s collection of short stories Larutan Senja

Author Ratih Kumala in converation with Dr Soe Tjen Marching (SOAS)

Date: 25 September 2018Time: 5:00 PM

Finishes: 25 September 2018Time: 7:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: 320

Type of Event: Book Launch

The Potion of Twilight book cover by Raith Kumala


The book launch will discuss Ratih Kumala’s book Larutan Senja, which has been translated as The Potion of Twilight. Published in 2006, Larutan Senja is a collection of fourteen short stories written by Ratih Kumala. Most of her short stories in this collection have non-linear timelines, quick switching of narratives and settings, and transgressive female characters. Ratih Kumala however is not merely following the trend of these female authors without a “stamp” of her own.  Her challenge of the previous writings is expressed in her cynicism to life, its value and romantic relationship. This collection of short stories have been translated by Soe Tjen Marching, and published by Gramedia. During the book launch, there will be the screening of the short film "Schizophrenia" written by the author and directed by Ikhwan Ridho. She will also distribute free books to give away. 

Ratif Kumala


Ratih Kumala was a professional writer residing in Jakarta. She writes fictions as well as screenplay. She started writing in 2003, and her novel Tabula Rasa won the Jakarta Art Council Award in the same year. In 2012, her novel Gadis Kretek [The Cigarette Girl] was shortlisted in the Kusala Sastra Khatulistiwa award. The same novel has been translated into Jerman, Egyptian Arabic and English. Her books Bastian and Jamur Ajaib were longlisted in the Kusala Sastra Khatulistiwa 2015 award. Recently, she published her novelette entitle Wesel Pos. Ratih has published 7 books of fiction. The Potion of Twilight is her first collection of short stories published in 2006 with the title Larutan Senja.

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