Jakarta, 2014. Hendra is ‘Radikal’, a techno DJ at the top of his game. In his relentless pursuit of new highs, he likes to lose himself in music and drugs. But when a childhood trauma resurfaces, even his love for Jasmine cannot prevent him from falling into a self-destructive downward spiral. As he grapples with his inner demons and an Indonesia caught between tradition and modernity, Hendra is vulnerable to the extremist ideology that begins to infiltrate his world. No longer able to find solace in techno and ecstasy, he is presented with a new purpose in life and a focus for his pent-up rage: jihad.
About the author
Olivier Ahmad Castaignède has been living in Southeast Asia since 2000. In 2015, he decided to quit his salaried job in a multinational to focus on writing and travelling. He has since published two novels in French, completed an MA in creative writing – and gone back to work in the IT industry. He also writes plays (staged in Singapore) and creative non-fiction, often inspired by his travels around the world. His short pieces in English have been featured in literary journals Joyland Magazine, The Crab Orchard Review, Business Mirror, WanderLust and SARE, and also published in the anthology Letter to My Son (Marshall Cavendish, 2020).