In part two of the series Breaking Taboos in Asia: Indonesia in Focus, Asia House and the Bagri Foundation are delighted to present an evening with up-and-coming novelist Nuril Basri. Nuril will discuss his newly published novel, Not a Virgin, with reference to gender discrimination in Indonesia through his own experiences.
In this coming-of-age novel, four Indonesian high-school students embark on a journey of discovery about sexuality. With characters ranging from cross-dressing hairdressers, drag queens, and rent boys to fanatic Muslims and low-life security personnel, the action of this tragicomedy illuminates the mind set and yearning of a new generation of Indonesia.
Basri will be in conversation with Dr Ben Murtagh, Senior Lecturer in Indonesian and Malay at the South East Asia Section, School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics at SOAS.
Asia House’s two part-series Indonesia in Focus, explores what it means to be a literary labourer in contemporary Indonesia; one of the world’s most ethnically diverse and multilingual countries. The series is supported by the Bagri Foundation.