Agustinus Wibowo

Biography

Agustinus Wibowo is a prominent Indonesian travel writer. A descendant of Chinese immigrants, the question of identity dominated his earlier life and shaped his perspective of the world around him. He often questioned why people were categorized by identity and the reasons for enimity between different ethnic groups. His quest for answers has taken him to China, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Central Asian republics, the far-flung islands of Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Suriname, the Netherlands, and many other countries. His work has pioneered a new genre in Indonesian travel literature by allowing readers to experience the writer’s physical and emotional journey as they contemplate their own conflict and anxieties. His third book, a travel-memoir, Zero: When Journey Takes You Home, became a national best-selling and will soon be adapted into a film. His latest work, Us and Them, which reveals the roots of human identities and conflicts, will be published in 2019.  

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We caught up with Agustinus Wibowo at the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival and spoke to him about Indonesian literature, writing processes, and the best book he's ever read.

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