Selasa, Ogos 09, 2011
Who are the writers who inspire you most? We understand that you admire the works of Keris Mas, Shahnon Ahmad, Hemingway and Faulkner. What distinguishes them from other writers?
Generally, the four of them excel in their narrative skills; their works are wellordered and contain rich thematic and artistic elements. They know their language well and manipulate it very creatively. We are taken on a journey, observing people and their every day experiences in a way that is vivid and convincing. We are invited to experience their physical world and partake of their (the characters’) spiritual and emotional spheres. There are also philosophical and educational subtexts in their works which help to enhance the intellectual experience. Thus, in their works, we not only get to observe characters and events, but also experience profound ideas.
You also like the works of the Indonesian writer Pramoedya Anata Toer. Is it for the same reasons?
Yes, for the reasons I mentioned above. Furthermore, if we compare him to the other four writers, Pramoedya’s life was far more difficult; he was politically oppressed and incarcerated. In spite of all that, however, he held on to his idealism and poured it all out into his writings, to the extent that we could see his life in his work. I also like Pramoedya because of the affinity of his narrative prose to Bahasa Melayu. It is not Indonesian like that of most contemporary young Indonesian writers. In some of his works, the language seems very much Malay,clear and well-ordered, like the narrative language of Keris Mas – and of course
clear writing comes from a clear mind.
Who are these young writers you have in mind?
I am thinking of, among others, Zaid Akhtar, Faisal Tehrani, Nisah Haron, Mawar Shafie and S.M. Zakir. They write with a clear literary awareness and vision. They are different from a number of other writers who crave for popularity by writing pop fiction.
- Sasterawan Negara Anwar Ridhwan
Sumber : Asiatic, Vol.4, Number 1, June 2010