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(which includes videos shot by Elizabeth, as well as slideshows, photos and sound recordings)

There are different physical editions in different parts of the world:

Cover of the Indonesian English language edition of Indonesia Etc: Exploring the Improbable Nation by Elizabeth PisaniLontar editions, Indonesia
(this ebook available in many other countries)

Cover of UK edition of Indonesia Etc.: Exploring the Improbable Nation by Elizabeth Pisani from GrantaGranta editions, UK and Commonwealth

Cover of the US edition of Indonesia Etc: Exploring the Improbable Nation by Elizabeth PisaniNorton editions, North America

If you’re in Indonesia, you may find all three editions in bookstores. The one pictured above is from the Lontar Foundation; sales of this edition support their work to bring Indonesian literature to a wider audience. Buy directly from Lontar for 200,000 rupiah — cheaper than at most bookstores. You can order through the Lontar website or email tuti_zairati AT The books should also be available in the Aksara, Kinokunyia bookstores, and Periplus stores.

If you are in Singapore, most of Asia, the Netherlands, most of the rest of continental Europe, or Latin America, please buy these versions of the eBook.

If you are in the US, the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, or any of the other countries listed here, you can’t buy this edition. Please choose one of the links to the right.

In the UK, Australia, Ireland and much of the commonwealth, you’ll want the Granta edition. Buy the hardback from Waterstones here, or from Amazon (UK) here.You can buy the UK ebook here; we provide links to editions for various e-readers. The Granta version of the Enhanced eBook is also available here.

NOTE: if you buy a hard copy of the Granta edition, you can claim an electronic copy for next to nothing. See details here.


In the US, Canada and the Philippines, the Norton edition is the one for you. Buy Indonesia, Etc., direct from Norton U.S., or from Amazon (US)You’ll find links to the various ebook editions, including the Enhanced eBook here.

If you are anywhere except the UK/Commonwealth countries listed to the left, you can also buy the Audible Edition. It is unabridged, read by Jan Cramer, a RADA-trained actress who sounds a lot like me.

Praise for Indonesia Etc.

Full text of all the reviews we know about (good and bad) are on the reviews page. Some highlights here:

“…a spectacular achievement and one of the very best travel books I have read. Ms. Pisani is a force of nature.”
Simon Winchester, in the Wall Street Journal

A beautifully written, richly entertaining account…there are very few good books in English to help the general reader to understand (Indonesia). Ms Pisani’s is probably the best.
The Economist

“I found myself nearly trembling with excitement…I was finally holding in my hands that elusive Indonesia book: a rollicking good adventure that knits together a complex of stories and insights”
Pallavi Aiyar, in The LA Review of Books

“A formidably insightful and engaging book on Indonesia for a general readership… the book also provides a model for “portrait of the nation” travelogues fit for the 21st-century”
Tim Hannigan, in The Asian Review of Books

“It is her impish humour that is infused throughout that will draw readers in… Pisani has produced a book on Indonesia that is as fresh for the novice as for those who have a lifetime of experience in the country.”
Jim Della-Giacoma, in New Mandala

One of the most insightful accounts of contemporary Indonesia in decades. Pisani leads us on an idiosyncratic Indonesian adventure that’s vivid, provocative and brutally honest, proving that even in this globalized age (or perhaps because of it) the nation remains as stubbornly colorful, conflicted and delightful as ever. Peppered with a zany cast of characters she meets along her journey and Pisani’s own dry, self-effacing wit, Indonesia Etc is a joy to read and a crucial new addition to our understanding of this complex country. – Daniel Ziv author, Jakarta Inside Out & director, JALANAN

“Intrepid and passionate, Elizabeth Pisani takes readers on board a hilarious series of jury-rigged forms of transportation, from bustling, insane Djakarta to the smallest and remotest islands and country villages of Indonesia. By the end, exhausted, dusty, thirsty, and laughing, we feel we know this idiosyncratic country in all its moving complexity. Profound, lasting, a masterpiece of its genre—and so much fun!” — Amy Wilentz, author of The Rainy Season and Farewell, Fred Voodoo

“Pisani not only travels a dizzying amalgam of the 13,500 islands that comprise Indonesia, but she also follows their history from the seventh century forward with fluidity and ease. There are few other books—or authors—to attempt such a daunting task.” — Eliza Griswold, author of The Tenth Parallel

“A clear-eyed and smart look at a rising Asian giant that has defied all conventional wisdom… A good read not only for those interested in Indonesia, but everyone who is thinking about how other developing countries too could rise above their internal problems to be improbable success stories.” — Vali Nasr, author of The Dispensable Nation and The Rise of Islamic Capitalism

“It’s hard to imagine the energy, tenacity and intimate background knowledge needed to write this book. Luckily, Elizabeth Pisani has these qualities in droves. Read it, even if you don’t think you’re interested in Indonesia—it’s inspiring on so many levels, from the boundless curiosity and warmth of the author to the country’s spectacular miracle of geo-political confidence and experimentation.” — Emma Larkin, author of Everything is Broken and Secret Histories

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