Rua Bineda in Bali: Counterfeit Justice in the Trial of Nyoman Gunarsa
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330pp. September 2011
Rua Bineda in Bali: Counterfeit Justice in the Trial of Nyoman Gunarsa
Author: Jenkins, Ron;
Like the trace a bird leaves in the sky, justice is elusive. This book is about a search for justice that began in a courtroom battle over copyright laws in Denpasar, Bali. It is a story of art forgery, mystical shadow puppets, international crime syndicates, and divine identity theft as seen from the perspectives of three extraordinary Balinese individuals: a painter, a puppet master, and a high Brahmin priest, who is also a poet. This book documents the collective talents of these three men in an attempt to tell the story of a copyright trial whose importance transcends the secular courtroom in which it was held. It reveals the extraordinary ability of the Balinese to use their cultural traditions to make sense of the moral dilemmas that accompany the ongoing modernization of their island.

Text in English and Balinese.

color illus.


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Author: Jenkins, Ron;
Ron Jenkins is professor of theater at Wesleyan University.



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