Delayed dispatches from Indonesia

There can sometimes be a gap between the travelling and the writing. The best part of a quarter of a century, in the case of Will Buckingham, who has just published Stealing With the Eyes: Imaginings and Incantations in Indonesia (Haus Publishing), an account of a place where he stayed as a “breathtakingly naive” trainee anthropologist between 1994 and 1995. In an interview with OutsideLeft magazine, he says the book is built around encounters with three artists he met in the Tanimbar Islands, “but it is also about this naivety, about the unsettling strangeness of anthropology, about memory and responsibility, and about how my time in Tanimbar was to shape the [rest] of my life”. You can read an extract on the website of the Asian Review of Books.

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