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    Dewi Lestari

ISBN: 9789798083839

Supernova

by: Dewi Lestari

Supernova presents a series of intertwined and unconventional love stories with a bit of science and spirituality added to the mix. The characters are urban and tech-savvy youngsters who are caught in different forms of contemporary social conflict. Supernova is a highly-acclaimed novel. The poet Taufiq Ismail wrote, “A renewal has taken place in Indonesia’s literary scene over the past decade. Supernova is intelligent, unique, and a truly exciting exploration into the world of science, spirituality and the nature of love.” The literary critic Jakob Soemardjo also said, “This is an attractive novel by a young writer. It is an intellectual work in the form of pop art, set in the real world. It opposes old values with new ways of understanding, so that readers can see the world in a different way.” Supernova: The Knight, The Princess and The Falling Star is the first in a cycle of a monumental work that consists of six novels.

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Supernova presents a series of intertwined and unconventional love stories with a bit of science and spirituality added to the mix. The characters are urban and tech-savvy youngsters who are caught in different forms of contemporary social conflict. Supernova is a highly-acclaimed novel. The poet Taufiq Ismail wrote, “A renewal has taken place in Indonesia’s literary scene over the past decade. Supernova is intelligent, unique, and a truly exciting exploration into the world of science, spirituality and the nature of love.” The literary critic Jakob Soemardjo also said, “This is an attractive novel by a young writer. It is an intellectual work in the form of pop art, set in the real world. It opposes old values with new ways of understanding, so that readers can see the world in a different way.” Supernova: The Knight, The Princess and The Falling Star is the first in a cycle of a monumental work that consists of six novels. ISBN: 9789798083839
Publish Date: 2011
Page Count: 244 pages

Dewi Lestari was born in Bandung on January 20, 1976 and is a graduate of Parahyangan University (Bandung) in International Relations. Dee, both her pen name and as she is popularly known, first came to public attention through her membership of the pop group “RSD”, an abreviation of the names of the three singers: Rita, Sita, Dewi. She recorded four albums with the group, as well as two solo albums: Out of Shell (2006) and Rectoverso (2008).
Supernova: The Knight, the Princess and the Falling Star (2001) is the first book in a proposed series of six novels. In its first two weeks of publication, the novel sold 14,000 copies, making it the fastest-selling Indonesian novel to date, and has continued to sell phenomenally well since then. Subsequent volumes in the series include Supernova: Akar (Supernova: Roots, 2002) and Supernova: Petir (Supernova: Thunderbolt, 2004). These three volumes together have sold more than 200,000 copies.
Dee is also the author of two collections of short stories: Filosofi Kopi (The Philosophy of Coffee, 2006), recognised as the Best Literary Work of 2006 byTempo newsmagazine and Rectoverso (2008). Her recent work is a novel Perahu Kertas (Paper Boats, 2009). In 2008 she was recognized by Prestige magazine as “Writer of the Year” and both in 2009 and 2010 was listed by Globe Asia magazine as one of the 100 most influential women in Asia.
Dee has spoken at many international writers’ festivals, including the Ubud Writers’ Festival, Bali (2004, 2005 and 2010), and the Byron Bay Writers Festival, Australia (2006). She is married and has two children.

Translator :Harry Aveling
Harry Aveling has translated extensively from Indonesian and Malay literature. His recent works include Morphology of Desire and Saint Rosa (winner of the Katulistiwa Literary Award for Poetry 2005-6) by Dorothea Rosa Herliany; A History of Classical Malay Literature by Liaw Yock Fang (translated with Razif Bahari); and 100 Selected Poems by Cecep Syamsul Hari (with Dewi Candraningrum). In 2002, Linda Owens and Harry Aveling translated Joko Pinurbo’s Trouser Doll, Selected Poems 1989-1998, winner of the 2001 Lontar Literary Award for Poetry. He was Visiting Professor of English in Creative Writing at the University of Maryland during the Fall Semester 2014.

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Dimensions 14.5 x 21.5 cm

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