Kawah Buku is an independent bookstore based in Bangi, Malaysia. And here, is the space where we create our own books.
There are more to write here. We think, from time to time, this space will be updated accordingly, as our publications grow. Alas, this is our commitment. A commitment to publish for scholars, for students, and for engaged readers everywhere.
To create today is to create dangerously. Any publication is an act, and that act exposes one to the passions of an age that forgives nothing. Hence the question is not to find out if this is or is not prejudicial to art. The question, for all those who cannot live without art and what it signifies, is merely to find out how, among the police forces of so many ideologies, the strange liberty of creation is possible.
Create Dangerously, a lecture by Albert Camus
Soeloeh Merdeka, or called it Soeloeh, is Kawah Buku’s imprint that focuses on broad genres including pop and semi-scholarly works.
Established in 2019, this imprint’s name was inspired by a newspaper published and circulated in Medan, Indonesia circa-1940, which was influential during the East Sumatra Social Revolution.
“Soeloeh’ is equivalent to Suluh (which was familiar in Malaya). For this, we pay homage to van Ophuijsen, for him to be the first who standardized the Malay spelling in Indonesia, through his Maleische Spraakkunst in 1910.
INTISARI is Kawah Buku’s academic imprint. Created in late 2021, it will publish scholarly works in social sciences and humanities.
The logo is an emblem of what we will strive to achieve. The stars represent wisdom and knowledge, and the modern flower with traditional batik inspired patterns flourishing and growing from the open book, transferring the local cultural and historical knowledge from the book to the readers.