Book Review: Garis Batas (EN)


Mir-I-Arab Madrasah, Bukhara, Uzbekistan (Picture from:

Title               : Garis Batas

Author          : Agustinus Wibowo

Publisher     : Gramedia Pustaka Utama

Released       : 2012

Pages             : 510 pages

Pass Through The Borderline, Divider of Human’s Fate

Agustinus Wibowo was a student came from Lumajang, East Java, studied at Tsinghua University, Beijing. He is a backpacker, a wayfarer, had a dream to travel the world. Started from Beijing, he went to Tibet, Nepal, India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. From Southern Asia, he continued to Central Asia: Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan. He travelled through many ways, such as trains, trucks, buses, horses, donkeys, hitchhiking, and walking. He stayed at locals’ houses, kiosk, and tried to blend to the locals.

Garis Batas (Borderline) tells us about a story of an odyssey, a journey of a wayfarer to an unknown land, far-far away in the Central Asia. From the one side of Amu Darya river in Afghanistan’s side, he crossed the river, and arrived in the other side of the same river, in Tajikistan’s side. From there, the story of an odyssey has begun. Surrounded by kindness of Tajikistan, dancing tongue on the Kyrgyzstan dishes, be a dust among the capitalism of Kazakhstan, amazed by the greatness of Bukhara in Uzbekistan, and lulled in fantasy of Turkmenistan. It is not just hike the snowy mountains, walk through the meadow, see the treasury of the Silk Road era, or throwback into the Soviet Union nostalgia, but it reveals the mistery of human’s fate, divided by the borderline.

The cover shows a silhouette of a man standing in front of the architecture of a mosque, be a good thing that this book has. Sometimes, it uses some poetic languages that bewitch every reader. Also there are some photo galleries in each pages, make the reader blend to their own imagination. Frantic story always happened in each destinations, prevent the reader to feel bored.

This book is suitable for you who love about an adventure story, moreover, it is a true story of the writer. This book, beside its function of entertainment, it also expand your views and insights about the mistery of the land-locked-countries in Central Asia.



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