"Have you ever like, you are struck by sudden feeling, a feeling that you can’t elaborate with words. It just came, and very random, maybe because you are thinking about something but too embarassed to admit it, and suddenly tears just fall from your eyes? You just wanna say that you are very lonely, and tired of rejections, but it is also not true because you like loneliness, it is your best buddy and rejection is not as bad company. But you just feel sad out of nowhere, and then you wipe your eyes and smile. Because at the same time you feel that it is also beautiful. The loneliness, the incapablity, the sadness, they are very beautiful. Have you ever felt like that?"

Not A Virgin



Not A Virgin (English edition)
Paperback (380 pages)
Published by The Lontar Foundation (2017)





In this coming-of-age novel four Indonesian high-school students seek to discover what their future will bring and find answers to their questions about sexuality. With characters ranging from cross-dressing hairdressers, drag queens, and rent boys to fanatic Muslims and low-life security personnel, the action of this tragicomedy moves between an Islamic boarding school and a gay bar in Jakarta, and in so doing illuminates the mindset and yearning of a new generation of Indonesians.

“Nuril Basri tells his story in a way that is at once light, straight-forward, and humorous. In this novel, he has created something that is both beautiful and moving, a tale that makes us willingly contemplate serious issues.”
Dee Lestasi, best-selling Indonesian author.

 Aided by luminous translation, in Not a Virgin Nuril Basri gives us an unforgettable story of one man’s coming of age. He shows us how the complex interplay of desire, money, and belonginng shapes how we understand ourselves and our place in society.”
Tom Boellstroff,  Author of The Gay Archipelago: Sexuality and Nation in Indonesia.

“Nuril Basri accurately captures a segment of today’s yourh culture. […] in fact, it is this constant complication of religion, youth culture, gender identity and expression, and sexuality, which makes Not  a Virgin a fascinating read."
Dede Oetomo, author, human rights activits and lecture in gender and sexuality.




Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13576150-dosa

Another editions:
DOSA (Malaysian Edition)
Paperback (327 pages)
published by Buku Fixi (2012)






Bukan Perjaka (Indonesian Edition) 
Paperback (315 pages)
published by Amanah (2017)


Bukan Perjaka (Independent)
Paperback (364 p)
Published by Peculiar Books





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