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Sundanese Treasures by Salmun

Literature | Saturday, September 8, 2012 | sundanesecorner.org

Hawé Setiawan

Salmun’s ‘Kandaga’ (Photograph: Hawé Setiawan)

Kandaga: Buku Batjaan Basa Sunda ‘Treasures: A Sundanese Reader’ Volume 2 by M.A. Salmun was published by N.V. Ganaco, Bandung-Jakarta-Amsterdam, in 1956. The word kandagakanaga or kanagan in some Sundanese dialects—means jewellery box or other container in which one saves jewelleries or any other treasure. The complete edition of Kandaga consists of four volumes to be read by junior high school students from grade 1 to grade 3 and senior high school students at grade 1. As the author explained in his introduction, this book presents various genres of Sundanese writings, which were condensed from books, magazines, newspaper, etc. The author introduces essay, diary, biography, dialogue, sketch, memoir, play, speech, travelogue, and art critique. Kandaga Volume 2 compiles, among other things, an account of the courage of Arjuna by Rd. Méméd Sastrahadiprawira and a newspaper article on 1955 Asia-Africa Conference by Sipatahoenan’s journalist. Mas Ace Salmun was one of prominent Sundanese writers in 1950s and 1960s. He wrote poems, short stories, novels, and plays. He was also editor of Balai Pustaka, a Jakarta-based publishing house. He was born in Rangkasbitung on April 23rd, 1903 and passed away in Bogor on February 10th, 1972.

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