Literature | Friday, September 7, 2012 | sundanesecorner.org
The short stories collection entitled Diwadalkeun ka Siluman (Sacrificed to Ghosts) is one of several works by the late Ki Umbara, the pseudonym of Wiredja Ranusulaksana (1933-2004). Bandung-based Kiwari Publishing House first published the anthology in 1965. The title of the book refers to one of the stories compiled in this 80-page paperback. In addition to the story, there are ‘Kasilib’ (Misled), ‘Mindahkeun Jurig’ (Moving the Evil Spirit), and ‘Kiai Bantalwulung’. In the history of modern Sundanese literature, the author is well known mainly with his ghost stories. He also wrote novels, poems, and plays. His writings demonstrate Sundanese dialect of Kuningan, his native homeland. His view point seems to be inspired by Islamic religious views. Beginning his career in the field of education, he was later known also as a leading editor of Manglé weekly magazine.