Mountains More Ancient

(Kabar Media 2022)

“Isna Marifa has extended the geographical and emotional reach of the modern Indonesian novel. The result is an original and captivating story that has launched the career of a new and promising literary voice.”

It is 1751, and nine-year-old Wulan finds herself half a world away from her home in Java: torn from her adored grandparents, her chattering cousins, the sounds and smells of the landscape that she loves. She and her father, Parto, are enslaved on a Cape Colony farmstead, with little hope of returning home. In this new world they hold fast to their Javanese identity and beliefs while, through their shared suffering, they forge bonds with the multicultural community whose descendants would come to be known as the Cape Malays.



The Years of Building Dangerously (Kabar Media 2018)

“A sophisticated architectural “coffee table book” that works more like a snapshot of a larger project to write a social history.” New Mandala

“Like biting into a durian: Indonesia’s weird architecture of the ’50s and ’60s.” The Sydney Morning Herald

Other Books

The Banda Islands

An anthology of art, photography, travelogue and fiction inspired by Indonesia's storied Spice Islands.

Buku Kuku-Ku

Part memoir, part fantasy, a story of the land of Dasuatika and a lonely prince's quest to find his lost father.

The Little Star

Why does the little star find it so hard to shine? To fulfil his destiny and find his power, he must learn that the 'why' is just as important as the 'how'.

Asian Anthologies

Unheard voices and evocative tales from a vast and fascinating continent: each anthology is a journey of discovery in the company of master storytellers.


Kabar Media

Kabar Media is a publishing and communications firm based in Indonesia. The company was founded in 2005 with the vision of creating high-quality, visually appealing publications that share engaging stories of people and places.

We develop and execute communication campaign strategies, coordinate and design events, and produce videos and print publications.

Our in-house editing and design team works closely with clients and individuals to craft their stories, collaborating with writers, photographers, filmmakers, artists, and illustrators to develop the best medium for bringing each story to life.

Publishing & Communication Services

For Authors

Whether you have a finished manuscript or a work-in-progress, we can advise you on the decisions needed to print, distribute, and market your work

For Organisations

The story is the strategy: both defining and expressing the organisation’s identity, sharing stories of success or aligning the brand with quality content.

Content Development

From draft to publication, from script to screen: we develop concepts, conduct research and  interviews, and carefully craft the final text

Quality Production

Meticulous print production every step of the way, from choosing the most appropriate paper to overseeing colour grading and final proofs.


Our group has collaborated with them over many years on a variety of communication projects, including the video profile Innovative Developments in 2012. We have found them to be professional collaborators, understanding our objectives, responsive to our needs, and exhibiting a personal commitment to the success of each project.

- Ciputra Group


It's always a pleasure to work with Avi and his team. From the beginning, they've had a deep understanding of the issues at stake in ASEAN and of our values as an organisation. They are enthusiastic and insightful, helping us to create materials that draw awareness and attention to our work and make it accessible for a general audience. 



We were satisfied both with the results produced and with the experience of working with Avi and his team. Their dedicated and professional approach, their spirit of collaboration, and the degree to which they were also invested in the success of this project instilled confidence from the beginning.

- ASEAN Secretariat

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