Tall Tree, Nest of the Wind

The Javanese Shadow Play Dewa Ruci as Performed by Ki Anom Soeroto. Rendered into print and translated by Bernard Arps

This book contains a full translation and transcript of the all-night performance by Ki Anom Soeroto from which the CD set Dewa Ruci: een Javaans schimmenspel is derived.

The text is rendered in a format that captures some of the sounds and sights of performance that remain obscure in conventional translations. It contains descriptions of the puppet action and is illustrated with photographs of the puppets on the screen. In an introductory essay the translator relates the performance to the dramatic principles of the Javanese shadow theatre.

Tall Tree, Nest of the Wind is forthcoming in March 1996 and will appear as volume 14 of Semaian (a series published by the Department of Languages and Cultures of Southeast Asia and Oceania, University of Leiden). c. xv + 400 pp., ills, bibl. Price: DFL 50 plus postage. Orders and enquiries may be sent to: Semaian, Department of Languages and Cultures of Southeast Asia and Oceania, P.O. Box 9515, 2300 RA Leiden, The Netherlands. Fax: +31-71-5272615.

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