Fiction John Donnelly Magic Garage

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Donnelly, John
Published by Pandanus Books, Australia (2002)
ISBN 10: 1740760166 ISBN 13: 9781740760164
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Book Description Pandanus Books, Australia, 2002. Glossy Pictorial Soft Cover. Book Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. vii + 163 pages including glossary. In Indonesia, things are never as they seem on the surface. Not even garages, where magic is used to repair cars. And onece you start asking questions, you'd never believe where the answers could lead you. Munin, a former political prisoner, runs a magic garage in Setiabudi, a central Jakarta community earmarked for development. Setiabudi is a bustling inner-city community peopled by a fascinating cross-section of Jakartans from the elite and the privileged to those who are living on the street and will be most impacted by the redevelopment. As he repairs one of his landlord's cars, Munin receives spirit warnings of change. What the change might be is not clear: is it the land clearance before redevelopment, or could it be something worse? Chenny is a transvestite beautician and sexworker, dreaming of a new life after surgery. Chenny seeks the assistance of Munin's magical powers in relation to a client, who is also linked to the proposed redevelopment. Events unfold over a week and during this period we meet many people in Setiabudi: from the privileged to the dispossessed, they each have a role in this novel as representatives of aspects of Indonesia that many of us are unaware of. Munin's refusal to deal with his past and Chenny's desire to escape into a new future in part parallel tension within Indonesia between a desire for the benefits of development and the culture and history of the past. Whose vision for indonesia will prevail in Setiabudi - that of Suharto, or that of Soekarno? There is an inscription in the first page which seems signed by the author. Size: 12mo. Bookseller Inventory # 056064

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