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    Budi Darma

ISBN: 978-602-9144-44-4

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by: Budi Darma

Budi Darma’s stories are absurdist and surreal. Often in conversation form, they draw content from mythology, legends, and fables. There is an omnipresent mood of darkness that pervades much of his writing; a kind of bleak perspective that lies behind a thin cloak of normality and peace. In the modernist manner, Darma is interested in style, structure, themes, and plot. Yet at the same time, he disavows himself of the role of creator and regards his short stories as being the result of something external.

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Budi Darma’s stories are absurdist and surreal. Often in conversation form, they draw content from mythology, legends, and fables. There is an omnipresent mood of darkness that pervades much of his writing; a kind of bleak perspective that lies behind a thin cloak of normality and peace. In the modernist manner, Darma is interested in style, structure, themes, and plot. Yet at the same time, he disavows himself of the role of creator and regards his short stories as being the result of something external.
ISBN: 978-602-9144-44-4
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Page Count: 158
Budi Darma (born April 25, 1937 in Rembang, Central Java, Indonesia) is often described as one of Indoensia's most influential writers. During his childhood and teens, Budi and his family lived in a number of different cities in Java, including Yogyakarta, Bandung and Semarang, due to his father's position in the postal service. Budi attended elementary school in Kudus, junior high in Salatiga and high school in Semarang, graduating from there in 1957. He then studied at the Department of English Literature in the Faculty of Letters at the University of Gadjah Mada. In 1970, he received a scholarship from the East-West Center to study humanities at the University of Hawaii, before graduating with an MA from Indiana University Bloomington in 1976. In 1980, he earned his Ph.D for his dissertation on "Character and Moral Judgement in Jane Austen's Novels", from the same university. He returns to Indonesia was followed by a succesion of notable appointments: between the years 1984-1987 he was appointed Dean of the English Department of the State University of Surabaya (formerly IKIP Surabaya), became a member of the Arts Council, and Rector of the Surabaya Teacher's Training College. Budi continued lecturing at the English Department of the State University of Surabaya until his retirement, at the age of 70, in 2007. in 1983 Budi wrote the novel, Olenka, which was published by Balai Pustaka and went on to win several notable literary awards. Although Olenka is his best known work, Budi is also the author of several other novels and a number of collection of short stories and essays. Prior to writing Olenka, he published an anthology of eight short stories, called Orang-orang Bloomington [Bloomington People, 1980]. After Olenka, he wrote the novels Rafilus (1988) and Ny. Talis [Mrs. Talis, 1996]. Budi is a recipient of the Satya Lencana cultural awards, one of Indonesia's highest civilian honors, bestowed on him in 2003, and, in 2014 the Southeast Asia Literary Council (Majlis Sastera Asia Tenggara/MASTERA) named him recipient of the top literary awards.
Translator :Andy Fuller
Andy Fuller is the author of Sastra dan Politik: Membaca Karya-karya Seno Gumira Ajidarma (Yogyakarta: Insist Press, 2011), The Struggle for Soccer in Indonesia: Archives, Fandom and Urban Identity (Yogyakarta: Tan Kinira, 2014) and Playing Cities Making Sport (Yogyakarta: Tan Kinira, 2014). He is the translator of Afrizal Malna’s poems as collected in Anxiety Myths (Jakarta: Lontar, 2014) and of A.S. Laksana’s short stories to be published by Lontar in 2015. He is one of the editors of the Lontar Anthology of Indonesian Short Stories (Jakarta: Lontar, 2015).

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Dimensions 14 x 21.6 cm