Hi everybody,

Hi to all our 97 donors. First, I would like to announce that building the Library, receiving the books and shelving them is completed. We still need to arrange the books better on the shelves and create a catalogue. However, we will be ready to organise a soft opening for the Library and start registering members by the end of April. There are now about 4,000 books shelved.

Second, we must thank all of you who have donated through this website. Others have donated directly. Donations have covered approximately half the cost of building the Library, shipping the books to Indonesia and setting things up. We would not have been able to build this Library without your assistance.

We are committed to ensuring that the books are used to the maximum benefit. We will soon start a program of digitising the whole collection, which will then eventually be held by an Indonesian university.
The space in the Library can also be used as a meeting room for classes and discussions for up to 50 people.
There is accommodation (bedroom and bathroom) attached to the Library for short-term stay-overs (2-3 days).

If you wish to be informed of activities at the Library please let us know and we will put you on our email list. Once again thanks again everybody!

Stay in contact and follow what the Library gets up to.

Max Lane&Faiza Mardzoeki
Ngepas Village Books and Arts Space

Singapore Book Launch Update for INDONESIA AND NOT: POEMS AND OTHERWISE.

Singapore Writers Festival Book launch:


Author: Max Lane

DATE / TIME: 6 Nov, Sun 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

VENUE:  The Arts House, Gallery II, Singapore

This is a collection of poetry, prose pieces and short stories inspired by the experiences of Max Lane, translator of Pramoedya Ananta Toer’s Buru Quartet and collaborator with other Indonesian and Southeast Asian intellectuals and actors in Indonesia, Singapore and the Philippines.

The book launch will comprise:

An IN CONVERSATION session with author Max Lane. Lane will talk about his 45 years of experience with Indonesia and Southeast Asian and its relationship to this collection as well as his work on a major creative non-fiction book on the origins and meaning for Indonesia of Pramoedya Ananta Toer’s This Earth of Mankind Buru Quartet novels.

But there is also a second Max Lane, a Singaporean, a musician. He has written music to some of the poetry. There will be some playing of these musicalized poems. (see below for more info). Continue reading “Singapore Book Launch Update for INDONESIA AND NOT: POEMS AND OTHERWISE.”


There is now a Crowding site for the Indonesian Community And Activist Library project.

We are using the IndieGoGo Generosity platform. You can donate using a credit card and, of course, please share to others who may also like to support this project.

You can read more about the project HERE. This is also the site where you can donate.

Donate and help complete this project. Long live books!

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Indonesia Community and Activist Library (ICAL)

The Project.


This project is to establish a Library for the use of community and campus activists in the student city of Yogjakarta, Indonesia.  Indonesia experienced 33 years of authoritarian government from 1965-1998 during which time book acquisitions for school, university and community libraries were underfunded and, when funded, narrow and censored. The ICAL will, in a small but effective way, help improve this situation. The Library will comprise a selection of mostly English language books in the humanities, social sciences and literature.  The books comprise the collections of Australian progressive activists and intellectuals. About 3,000 books have already been shipped to Indonesia and are in storage waiting for the construction of the Library building to be completed.

Half completed library building and manager’s bungalow.

The Library will be open to members. The first members will be invited on the recommendation of a panel of university professors and also social justice activists. New members can join by applying with recommendations from two existing members.

The Library will be managed by well-known Indonesian woman playwright and theatre producer and director, Faiza Mardzoeki. (  She will be assisted by a Principal Consultant, Dr Max Lane ( Dr Lane is a well-known writer on Indonesian and Southeast Asian Affairs and is also the translator of several of the novels of Pramoedya Ananta Toer, including the Buru Quartet published by Penguin Books. (see

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Max Lane: Selected coming and recent publications. (2008-2013) EXCLUDING blog articles

Sole authored books scheduled for publication in by Djaman Baroe in 2013 are:

Bangsa Yang Belum Selesai (new edition with three new chapters) (April, 2013)

Indonesia tidak ada di Bumi Manusia (a book on the works of Pramoedya Ananta Toer) (June, 2013)

W.S. Rendra: sastera kepeloporan dan kontradiksinya, 1970-78 (a book on the 1970s works of W.S. Rendra) (October, 2013)

Sole authored books:

Max Lane, Unfinished Nation: Indonesia before and after Suharto, Verso, 2008

Max Lane, Catasrophe in Indonesia, Seagull Books, (University of Chicago),  2010

Max Lane, Bangsa Yang Belum Selesai: Indonesia sebelum dan sesudah Suharto, Reform Institute, Jakarta, 2007. Being reprinted with three new chapters in 2013, Djaman Baroe, Yogyakarta.

Max Lane, Wedastera Suyasa, 1945-72 di Bali: dari politik karismatis pada gerakan socio-budaya, Universitas Mahanedratta, Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia, January, 2009 Continue reading “Max Lane: Selected coming and recent publications. (2008-2013) EXCLUDING blog articles”


I am pleased to be able to speak at next year’s Marxism 2013 Conference.  There will also be speakers from Indonesia, the Philippines, Pakistan and Sri Lanka as well the US and elsewhere.

The website for the Marxism 2013 Conference, organised by Socialist Alternative as a national/international conference in Melbourne, is nowup with information on the featured speakers and topics to be covered in the programme. You can also by tickets via the website.

Click here for the website or click here for featured speakers.

Renowned investigative journalist John Pilger to speak at Marxism 2013

We are excited to announce the return for a fifth consecutive year of investigative journalist John Pilger. This year John will be speaking on the topic of his new film on Australia, ‘Utopia’ and will continue his 2012 discussion on the dangers of ‘lifestyle socialism’.

John Pilger is a world-renowned journalist, author and documentary filmmaker, who began his career in 1958 in his homeland, Australia, before moving to London in the 1960s.

He regards eye-witness as the essence of good journalism. He has been a foreign correspondent and a front-line war reporter, beginning with the Vietnam War in 1967. He is an impassioned critic of foreign military and economic adventures by Western governments.

“It is too easy,” he says, “for Western journalists to see humanity in terms of its usefulness to ‘our’ interests and to follow government agendas that ordain good and bad tyrants, worthy and unworthy victims and present ‘our’ policies as always benign when the opposite is usually true. It’s the journalist’s job, first of all, to look in the mirror of his own society.”

He believes a journalist also ought to be a guardian of the public memory and often quotes Milan Kundera: “The struggle of people against power is the struggle of memory against forgetting.”

Noam Chomsky wrote: “John Pilger’s work has been a beacon of light in often dark times. The realities he has brought to light have been a revelation, over and over again, and his courage and insight a constant inspiration.”

Harold Pinter wrote: “John Pilger unearths, with steely attention, the facts, the filthy truth, and tells it as it is.”