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Korrie Rayun Lampan

Korrie Layun Rampan was born in Samarinda, East Kalimantan, on August17, 1953, the second son of the adat chief, Paulus Rampan. Both his parents were of Benuaq Dayak ethnicity. “Bapak Korrie” has been best known as a literary figure for the 357 books he has written in the areas of science, literature, biography, culture, anthropology, sociology, and children’s stories. His novels Ceremony and Fire Cloud Smoke won prizes at the novel-writing competition of the Jakarta Arts Council in 1976 and 1998, respectively. In 2006, he won the Arts Prize from the Indonesian government in the field of literature. A number of his books have been made essential reading and reference material at elementary, junior and senior high schools, and higher education. He has also translated about 100 children’s stories and numerous short stories from writers from around the world. As of 2013, the author has received sixteen literary and journalistic awards, including the Prize for the Arts from the Indonesian government, the Prize for Culture from the East Kalimantan Provincial Government, and the Prize for Development Journalism from the Republic of Indonesia Ministry of Information. His books have been translated into English, French, and Swedish, among other languages. The French magazine La Banian proclaimed him the number one literary critic in Indonesia. For the past several years, he has been writing biographies, history, and on problems of adat, literature, and adat law. Most recently, he has held the position of Chairman of the Short Story Community of Indonesia, and general manager, editor-in-chief, and the person in charge of the magazine Suara Borneo, which is published in Samarinda, East Kalimantan. 

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