Sitti Nurbaya: A Love Unrealized
A Novel by Marah Roesli
First published in Indonesian by Balai Pustaka in 1922 under the title Sitti Nurbaya: Kasih Tak Sampai.
About The Book:
Sitti Nurbaya: Kasih Tak Sampai (Sitti Nurbaya: A Love Unrealized) is an Indonesian novel by Marah Roesli. It was published by Balai Pustaka, the state-owned publisher and literary bureau of the Dutch East Indies, in 1922.
The author was influenced by the cultures of the west Sumatran Minangkabau and the Dutch colonials, who had controlled Indonesia in various forms since the 17th century.
Another influence may have been a negative experience within the author's family; after he had chosen a Sundanese woman to be his wife, Rusli's family brought him back to Padang and forced him to marry a Minangkabau woman chosen for him.
Siti Nurbaya love story is expressed through excerpts that reflect the mood or swing of the story. By using concrete poetry to express the each line feels, it can be quiet and loud, based on how the story goes and how the story reach the conflict.
Each storyline of this book, will be written in a piece of story created by selecting words from an existing text in prose or verse and framing the result on the page as a excerpts, adapted from redacted poem. We want to change how people understand the romance and conflict goes, with two sides words to create the new experience while reading each chapter.
This book commissioned for Seeing Words Exhibition, a visual interpretation of 10 selected Indonesian authors’ works and 10 graphic designers, members of The Indonesian Graphic Designers Association (ADGI).
This exhibition is at Indonesia National Stand Frankfurt Book Fair 2016.
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