Esther Kuntjara, Professor Emerita at the Faculty of Letters, Petra Christian University, Surabaya, Indonesia:
Using her in-depth ethnographic narration, Anindita addresses the military suppression and violence common people like Mabel, Mace and Leksi continued to endure even after the Suharto’s New Order regime. They fight to survive their poverty, and face their powerlessness as women and girls toward husbands and fathers, and the big men in uniform with their boots, fists, clubs, and guns. Daughters of Papua wittily blends the beauty of nature with the struggle of common people against those in power. Stefanny Irawan’s translation has given me the great pleasure of reading about brave Papuan women in English, with the local nuances intact.
Danilyn Rutherford, Professor and Chair of Anthropology, University of California, Santa Cruz:
This engaging novel offers a portrait of Papua’s problems from the perspective of three unlikely narrators: a dog, a pig, and a seven-year-old girl. The award-winning author is unflinching in her critique of the injustices facing the least powerful inhabitants of this troubled Indonesian territory. This excellent translation allows English speakers access to Papua as imagined by a sympathetic Indonesian eager to come to terms with her country’s complicity in the suffering of mothers and daughters.