A publisher with a
passion for the stories of Southeast Asia.

Kabar Media was founded with the vision of creating beautiful publications
that share the fascinating stories of the people and places of the region.

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Launching 2024

Sapaan
Sang Giri

by Isna Marifa

Saat itu tahun 1751. Wulan, usia sembilan tahun, mendapati dirinya di belahan dunia lain, jauh dari desanya di Jawa. Ia terpisah dari kakek-nenek yang disayanginya, para kerabatnya yang suka bercengkrama, serta suara dan wewangian dari kampung halaman yang ia cintai …

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Penjor of Bali

Celebrating the Gifts of the Gods

by Susan Ruddy

This book was born out of Susan Ruddy’s passion for these intricately ornate bamboo poles that are so emblematic of Bali’s spiritual life. She explores the legends surrounding their origins, weaving together the threads of Bali's history and tradition that explain their symbolism and their significance to the island’s people.

 
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Mountains More Ancient

A Novel

by Isna Marifa

It is 1751, and nine-year-old Wulan finds herself half a world away from her home in Java: torn from her adored grandparents, her chattering cousins, the sounds and smells of the landscape that she loves. Taken by the Dutch to South Africa, she and her father, Parto, are enslaved on a Cape Colony farmstead. .... ....... .............

 
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Retronesia

The Years of Building Dangerously

by Tariq Khalil

Retronesia is the first must-have guide to Indonesia's mostcreative architectural period. In the 1950s and 1960s, professional architects were a rarity in Indonesia, but the talent pool was overflowing with adventurers. Retronesia is a travel to Indonesia like no other..... ....... ............. ............. ............. ............. .............

 
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The Banda Islands

Hidden Histories & Miracles of Nature

Edited by Jan Russell

An anthology of art, photography, travelogue and fiction inspired by Indonesia's storied Spice Islands. These ‘islands of spicerie’ have witnessed key moments in history, from the beginnings of global capitalism and colonisation to Indonesia’s journey towards becoming a nation. ... ..... ............ .. ... ........ ....... ........ ........ ........

 
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Buku Kuku-Ku

A Graphic Memoir

by Cipta Croft-Cusworth

Part reality, part fantasy, this bilingual English-Indonesian graphic memoir is the story of a world centred around the quest for the missing crown of Emanon, in a land named Dasuatika, where a prince embarks on a journey to find his long-lost father. Buku Kuku-Ku is a book about finding meaning in life, and in death. ..........

 

What Readers Say

Mountains More Ancient

Mountains More Ancient shines a welcome light on this unilluminated period of Indonesian and Dutch-colonial histories... Isna Marifa's poetic prose and her sympathetic descriptions of the 'little people' who provided the labor for this colonial enterprise, makes for a haunting, unforgettable story.

John H. McGlynn
Buku Kuku-Ku

This book is not a how-to on overcoming grief. But it shows you the journey and the richness of the world anguish and pain can build. It is a reminder that all of us have a world built upon dreams, beliefs and imagination.

Christine Gneuss
The Banda Islands

This is a book to read if you’ve more than a passing interest in Indonesia, and of course it’s essential reading if you’re heading to the Banda Islands themselves.

Travelfish
Mountains More Ancient

Isna Marifa has given life to a slice of the history of colonial oppression in Java and the Cape of Good Hope, South Africa. This novel combines thorough research with literary craft, resulting in a meaningful and flowing narrative.

Putu Oka Sukanta
Retronesia

Khalil’s book Retronesia: The Years of Building Dangerously provides a sort of time travel to the early years of post-independence Indonesia, where everything, including buildings, seemed to have boundless possibilities.

Vice News
The Banda Islands

An excellent book…from the chosen content, to layout, to production.

Tim Severin
Retronesia

This book is unique because when we read it we understand the world of architecture,anthropology, archeology and history all at once...

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