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After the Bandung conference, Wright gave an extended interview for the cultural column Gelanggang, one of the main mouthpieces for the writers and intellectuals with whom Wright associated in Indonesia. Much of the interview deals with Wright’s development as a writer and his views on the function of literature and the nature of a writer’s audience. In his commentary on these issues, Wright shows himself to be working through the ideas that would form the core of the lecture he gave at the Balai Budaja (Cultural Center) in Jakarta just before his departure from Indonesia. The interview also illustrates the Indonesian interest at this time in existentialism, particularly its humanist dimensions, which are seen to resonate with the Indonesian aesthetic philosophy of universal humanism. Wright and his unnamed Indonesian interviewer find common ground in the issue of existentialism, although each of them comes to it by a different route.

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