Borobudur by Jennifer Mackenzie

By Jennifer Mackenzie

on the time of the development of Borobudur within the 9th century, Buddhism have been validated in Java for numerous centuries. Mackenzie’s "Borobudur", an attractive lengthy poem, tells the tale of its mythical architect, Gunavarman, and of Indonesia’s mystical monument with cultural knowing, sensitivity and nice feeling. Like Gunavarman by way of the poem’s finish, Mackenzie turns into ‘a dot at the horizon’ leaving us stilled in silence.

"Like turning a perfectly textured and wonderfully glazed vessel round and round, the chronology of Jennifer Mackenzie's Borobudur, is improved whereas eluding linearity. Her legend of Gunavarman, Javanese Buddhism's virtually legendary priest-architect, reminds one in all Hesse's Siddhartha with the parallel truth she creates for the book's protagonists. Borobudur is a memorable invention, completely current because it succors either heritage and mind's eye. The poem's tropical atmospheres and correspondingly spiced language, the splendid aspect and layers of tale, girdle the poem because it, in its outstanding stead, encircles the monument which era nearly forgot." ~ Kris Hemensley

Jennifer Mackenzie has a long-standing curiosity in Asia, traveling to India, Indonesia, Cambodia and China. A fascination with outdated Asia resulted in the Borobudur venture, and to a Master's measure at the ancient fiction of Pramoedya Ananta Toer. She lived and labored in China for a number of years, and is at present engaged on an ongoing literary undertaking set in China and Australia. She has kids and lives in Melbourne, Australia.

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