Isna Marifa


Country: Indonesia

Isna Marifa is a senior environmental specialist and author. Brought up mostly in Indonesia, she also spent time in the US and Japan following her father’s postings as a diplomat. She was thus exposed to literature from different parts of the world, finding in it a window to people, their history, and culture. A visit to South Africa led to her commitment to telling the story of the Javanese who were taken there in the colonial era. Mountains More Ancient (Kabar Media, 2022) is her first novel.

Isna Marifa adalah seorang ahli lingkungan senior dan penulis. Besar dan tumbuh di Indonesia, ia juga menghabiskan waktu di AS dan Jepang mengikuti posisi ayahnya sebagai diplomat. Sehingga, dia dihadapkan pada sastra dari berbagai belahan dunia, menemukan di dalamnya jendela bagi orang-orang, sejarah dan budaya mereka. Kunjungan ke Afrika Selatan memunculkan komitmennya untuk menceritakan kisah orang Jawa yang dibawa ke sana pada masa penjajahan. Mountains More Ancient (Kabar Media, 2022) adalah novel pertamanya.

Appearing in

Main Program | Looking to the Past: Writing about History

João Morgado writes about the expeditions of Vasco de Gama, Magellan, and the spice trade with historical accuracy. Isna Marifa’s debut novel, Mountains More Ancient, focuses on Indonesian slavery in …