Jennifer Lindsay's essay: 'Man on the Margins'

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October 2012, no. 345

Jennifer Lindsay's essay: 'Man on the Margins'

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October 2012, no. 345

‘If Indonesia were a person,’ a good friend in Jakarta said to me, ‘it would be Goenawan.’ I know what she means. There is nothing black and white about him. He is a complex man, multi-faceted, charming and exasperating, full of conviction and contradiction, at once deeply patriotic and critical of his nation (which was born just five years after he was), someone who has weathered and helped forge the upheavals that Indonesia has undergone since then.

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