Budi Darma


He was born in Rembang (Apr 25, 1937), and currently lives in Surabaya
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Often described as one of Indonesia’s most influential writers.

Budi Darma is the fourth of six children, all male. 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 the nature of his father’s position in the postal service. His schooling reflected his family’s nomadic existence. Budi’s attended elementary school in Kudus, junior high in Salatiga, and high school in Semarang, graduating from there in 1957. He then studied at the English Literature Department, Faculy of Letters, University of Gadjah Mada. After graduating in 1963, Budi moved to Iowa for the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa. 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.[4] Four years later, in 1980, he earned his Ph.D for his dissertation on “Character and Moral Judgment in Jane Austen’s Novels”, from the same university. His return to Indonesia was followed by a succession 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 Teachers’ Training College. Budi Darma continued lecturing at the English Department of the State University of Surabaya until his retirement, at the age of 70, in 2007.1

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388 page(s), Noura Books
  “Anak ini Mau Mengencingi Jakarta?”
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222 page(s), Penerbit Buku Kompas
  Di Tubuh Tarra, dalam Rahim Pohon: Cerpen Pilihan KOMPAS 2014
220 page(s), Penerbit Buku Kompas
  Klub Solidaritas Suami Hilang: Cerpen Pilihan Kompas 2013
Collection of Short Stories
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  Cinta di Atas Perahu Cadik: Cerpen KOMPAS Pilihan 2007
Collection of Short Stories
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  Foto dan Senggring
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178 page(s), Grasindo
  Orang-Orang Bloomington
Collection of Short Stories
246 page(s), Metafor Publishing
  Mata yang Indah: Cerpen Pilihan KOMPAS 2001
(Beautiful Eyes)
222 page(s), Penerbit Buku Kompas

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