•Title: Building a Boat in Paradise •Translator: Heather Curnow •Poet: Zubaidah Djohar •Publisher: INSISTPress •ISBN: 978-602-0857-04-6 •Edition: 2nd, August 2015 •Dimension: 12 x 17 cm; 67 pages •Text Language: English
“Despite the anguish, outraged cries and occasional despair, however, the underlying tone of Building a Boat in Paradise is one of resilience and hope for a better Aceh. More importantly, Zubaidah also relentlessly demands that we deal with ‘historical wounds’, borrowing Chakrabarty’s term for mis-recognition of an unsettling past in public representation.” Amrih Widodo, Australian National University ***
About This Book: Building a Boat in Paradise is an unique literary collaboration between two women: Zubaidah Djohar, a poet, researcher and humanitarian activist from Aceh, Indonesia, and Heather Curnow, a Tasmanian writer, curator and translator. It tells the stories of many Acehnese women during and after the armed conflict between the Aceh Freedom Movement (GAM) and the Government of Indonesia.