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Afrizal Malna

(Jakarta, June 7, 1957) writes poetry, essays, short stories and plays. He is known for his unique use of the Indonesian language to portray urban life and for his exploration of the world of objects. He studied at the Driyarkara School of Philosophy in Jakarta but did not graduate. He has published two novels: Lubang dari Separuh Langit (2004) and Kepada Apakah (2014). His short stories were collected in Seperti Novel yang Malam Mengisahkan Manusia (2003). He has published ten books of poetry, including Abad yang Berlari (1984), which won an award from the Buku Utama Foundation; Yang Berdiam dalam Mikrofon (1990); Arsitektur Hujan (1995); Kalung dari Teman (1998); Kawan-Kawan dari Atap Bahasa (2008); Museum Penghancur Dokumen (2013); and Berlin Proposal (2015). His essay collections include Sesuatu Indonesia (2000) and Perjalanan Teater Kedua (2010). His poetry collection Teman-Temanku dari Atap Bahasa was chosen by Tempo magazine as Best Literary Work of 2008 and received an award from the Center for Language Advocacy and Development. He has received numerous awards, including the Radio Netherlands Worldwide Golden Windmill Award (1981), the Literature Award from the Jakarta Arts Council (1984), the SEA Write Award (2010), the Language Center Award (2010) and the Khatulistiwa Literary Award (2013).

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