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The Dancer

In this trilogy of novels, author Ahmad Tohari recounts Indonesia’s tumultuous days of the mid 1960s. In luscious descriptive language Tohari describes a village community in Central Java struggling to adapt to a rapidly changing world.


The Dancer highlights the lives of Srintil, the girl called by tradition to become the village dancer and Rasus, the bewildered youth torn between tradition and political progress. Through their separate experiences, both learn the concepts of shame and sin: Rasus after he leaves their home village and journeys into the wider world and Srintil when the outside world finally comes crashing into her remote village. Through a carefully choreographed plot The Dancer provides readers with a ground-level view of the political turmoil leading up to and following the abortive communist coup in 1965.

Creator / Author:  Ahmad Tohari

Translator:  Rene T.A. Lysloff

Publisher: Lontar Foundation

Place of Publication: Jakarta

Publisher URL: http://www.lontar.org

ISBN: 979-8083-49-0

Created: 2003

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Lontar Digital Libraryjkpklontar-ldl-99
LC Control Number04337477
Goodreads13583645-sang-penari

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