Coloured Lights

Author: Leila Aboulela
Translator: Rahmani Astuti
Publisher: PT Gramedia Pustaka Utama
Pages: 222

Second book of Leila Aboulela, a Sudanese writer, that has been translated into Bahasa Indonesia by Gramedia (the first book is The Translator). This time the writer published her short stories collections. There are 13 stories with different characters. The writer still tells about Sudanese people caught in between the home they long for and the contrasting country and culture in which they live. As the muslims who live in west, most of them have dilemma related to their beliefs and their non-westerns ways of living.

Although the theme is actually serious and 'hard' but the writer again fascinates me by writing the story deeply moving and beautiful. She could deliver her message about the religious identity, Islamic culture and her hometown, Khartoum, Sudan without being preachy. A unique voice, give us a new insight about a COLOURED world.