Licensing: Bound by Okki Madasari

Updated: Mar 15

(Literasia Creativa)


Sasana is supposed to be a perfect man in the eyes of his parents, but he feels trapped.

Trap in his own body.

Bound by the customs and fate.

Bound by his fear, his desire, his existence.

He needs to be free.

Despised by his father, he runs away, facing the cruel world that put him in jail, in the asylum, almost losing his insanity, until he meets Jaka Wani. Together they are stronger, yet one question is still lingering in their mind, over and over:

Does free will truly exist?

Okky Madasari explores the seminal questions of mankind and humanity in her latest novel. A struggle arises between the two main characters, Sasana and Jaka Wani, in the search for freedom from all restraints-from those of the mind and body, to restraints imposed by tradition and family, society, and religion, to economic domination and the shackles of authority.

About the Author

Okky Madasari is an Indonesian novelist. She has been known to exquisitely portray the social and political conditions of contemporary Indonesia. She won Khatulistiwa Literary Award (Indonesia's prestigious literary prize) for her novel Maryam - The Outcast (2012) which revolves around people who are displaced due to their beliefs and then banned into exile. Her first novel, Entrok - The Years of the Voiceless (2010) tells a story about military dominance during Indonesia's New Order Era. Her other novels are 86 (2011) which raises the problems of massive corruption in Indonesia today and Pasung Jiwa - Bound (2013) which touches on the freedom of the individual within contemporary Indonesia.

Additional Information

Category: Literature/Novel

Language: Indonesian/English

Pages: 280

Dimension: 13.5 x 20 cm

ISBN: 9786020305349

Publisher: Gramedia Pustaka Utama

Rights sold to Arabic


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