From Now On Everything Will Be Different


Eliza Vitri Handayani, Indonesian author living in Norway, launches her book From Now On Everything Will Be Different (Vagabond Press, 2015) at Eldorado Book Store in Oslo Friday the 25th of September at 5pm.

At the launch, I will be doing a dramatic reading of an excerpt of the book translated into Norwegian. Eliza has earlier published short stories in Indonesia, Asia and Australia. This will be her second novel.

Eliza Vitri Handayani

A short description:
Drawing parallels between Indonesia’s struggle towards democracy and her characters’ efforts to realize their artistic dreams, Eliza has written a book about defining oneself and breaking free from social expectations, sexual repression, and the pattern of repeated disappointments.

In addition to my reading parts of the book will be read in Indonesian and English. Even Tømte and Tone Wasbak Melbye are responsible for musical interludes.

No need to RSVP, just come and bring friends.

The novel will be available for sale (NOK 180), please bring cash and don’t forget to have your copy signed.

PS. There will also be an afterparty!

“The protagonists are complicated and full of life, a boy and a girl becoming a man and a woman, and struggling to do it with as much honesty as they can. This novel is about what it is like to come of age at the end of a revolution.” —Ruby J. Murray

“Handayani represents a new dawn of the Indonesian novel.” —Manneke Budiman

“A finely choreographed love story that shadows the larger changes and challenges of life in contemporary Indonesia. It charts the fever and the friction of a relationship, exploring conflicted identities in a complex world, where social pressures push against emerging independence and new freedoms. Sharply designed, intoxicating, reverberant.” —Nicholas Jose

Review of the book
Eliza’s website
Article in Jakarta Post: A less fantastic literary style

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