The collection In Search of Silenced Voices contains interviews with Indonesian exiles recorded by Hersri Setiawan and deposited at the IISH. Hersri (born in Yogyakarta in 1936) studied sociology at the Gadjah Mada University in Yogyakarta and also attended the Academy of Drama and Film there. From 1961 to 1965 he was the Indonesian representative to the Society of Writers from Asia and Africa in Colombo.
Following his return to Indonesia, he became a staff member of the Universitas 17 Agustus di Jakarta. From 1969 to 1978 he was a political prisoner (tapol) in Jakarta and on the island of Buru. Since 1985 he has lived in the Netherlands, where he worked as a translator. Hersri recorded the interviews in In Search of Silenced Voices in the late 1990s in several countries in Europe and in Asia.
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