Semar's Cave

Written by John Mateer


In 1998, after President Suharto resigned and most expats had fled, John Mateer arrived in the Sumatran city of Medan with the intention of writing a handful of poems. But Mateer’s fascination with everyday life in Indonesia’s third largest city soon led to him chronicling his daily experience. The Indonesia of Semar’s Cave is not that of the television news. Whether describing a package tour of Lake Toba with a group of Chinese families, meditating in Borobudur in Java or a literary discussion at an embassy party in Jakarta, Mateer’s insights into Indonesia are vivid and precise.

ISBN 9781920731144 (Paperback)
Formats B Format (198 x 128mm) (Paperback)
Categories Current Affairs, Culture & Social History
Autobiography, Biography & Memoir
Pages 336
Publication Year 2004
Edition 1st
Publisher Fremantle Press
  • John mateer

    John Mateer

    John Mateer has published books of poems in Australia, Austria, Portugal and the UK, and smaller collections in South Africa, Indonesia, Japan and Macau. World Literature Today has called him ‘the most recent reincarnation of the international poet’. Mateer has been a guest speaker at writing festivals around the world. Read more