S. Rukiah Kertapati, Forgotten Woman Writer of the Indonesian Revolution

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About Siti Rukiah Kertapati (1927-1996),
Written by Dhania Putri Sarahtika, and was originally published in The Jakarta Globe,
Mar 15, 2018


In 1953, a woman won the literature award from Indonesia’s Badan Musyawarah Kebudayaan Nasional, one of the most prestigious awards in the country at that time. She became the first woman to win the award that normally went to men like Pramoedya Ananta Toer, Mochtar Lubis or Utuy Tatang Sontani.

Her name was S. Rukiah Kertapati. Rukiah won for “Tandus” (Drought), a collection of poetry and short stories. First published in 1952, now the book has been reprinted by Bandung-based indie publisher Ultimus along with her novel “Kejatuhan dan Hati” (The Fall and the Heart) and a children book, “Pak Supi, Kakek Pengungsi” (Mr. Supi, the Refugee Grandpa).

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