Reading List

Going Bali? - Consider reading these books!

To shorten the time before your upcoming trip to the Island of the Gods read some of our suggestions from the following reading list. All books are available at your favourite online or offline bookshop. Our Reading List

Baum, Vicki. A Tale of Bali.
Oxford University Press, Singapore.
First published in 1937, a fictionalized account of the ritual suicide, cum massacre, which occurred in South Bali 1906. Vicki Baum was an Academy Award winning screenwriter. Her Balinese novel, inspired during a stay with Walter Spies, provides wonderful reading.

Cobarrubias, Miguel. Island of Bali.
Oxford University Press, Singapore.
Originally printed in 1937, this book written by a Mexican painter still represents one of the best anthropological studies of Bali and its people.

Darling, Diana. The Painted Alphabet: a novel.
Houghton Miffin, Boston, 1992.
An enchanting story loosely based on the Dukuh Siladi folk-tale.

Djelantik, Dr. Anak Agung Made. Balinese Painting.
Oxford University Press, Singapore, 1986.
An excellent overview of the various schools of Balinese painting.

Djelantik, Dr. Anak Agung Made. The Birthmark: Memoirs of a Balinese Prince.
Periplus Editions, Singapore, 1997.
The autobiographical account of the life of the son of the last Raja of Karangasem whose memories span early life in the palace and a carreer spent working in international health before returning home to Bali in the late 1970's.

Haer, Debbie Guthrie and Juliette Morillot, and Irene Toh, (editors). BALI: Knopf Guides.
Alfred A, Knopf, Inc., New York, 1996.
Balinese specialists and academics combine to provide the most thoughtful guide on Bali yet to be produced.

Hauser-Schaublin, Brigitta and Marie-Louise Nabholz-Kartschoff and Urs Ramseyer. Balinese Textiles.
Periplus Editions, Singapore, 1991.
A comprehensive overview of the various Balinese textile traditions found in Bali.

McPhee, Colin. A House in Bali.
Oxford University Press, Singapore.
First published in 1944 the story of a young American musicologist who made his home on the Sayan Ridge area near Ubud.

McPhee, Colin. Music in Bali: A Study in Form and Instrumental Organization in Balinese Orchestral Music.
Da Capo Press, New York.
First published in 1976. A comprehensive study of Balinese musical forms.
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