Dee Lestari


Dewi Lestari Simangunsong, popularly known by her name, Dee Lestari, was born in Bandung (Jan 20, 1976), and currently lives in BSD City, Tangerang Selatan

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Using a pen name Dee Lestari, Dewi began her writing debut in 2001 with the first episode of her serial novel Supernova. The story explored the existential quests of young, urban, spiritual pathfinders who tried to bridge the gap between matter and mind. Its first episode, Kesatria, Putri, Bintang Jatuh (The Knight, The Princess, and The Falling Star) was sold phenomenally and had achieved a cult status among Indonesian young readers. She has published four following episodes: Akar (The Root), Petir (The Thunder), Partikel (The Particle), and Gelombang (The Wave). Outside the Supernova series, she has published four other critically acclaimed books: Filosofi Kopi (The Coffee’s Philosophy), Perahu Kertas (Paper Boat), Rectoverso, and Madre. Filosofi Kopi was short listed for Khatulistiwa Literary Award and was chosen as the best literary work by Tempo Magazine. Madre received Penghargaan Sastra 2012 (Literary Award 2012) by Indonesia’s Ministry of Culture and Education.

Dee has also an extensive music career. She was firstly known as one third of a female vocal trio Rida, Sita, Dewi. She began her music career in 1995 and had produced four albums with the trio. Her passion in words and music has led her to become a songwriter, and she has been writing songs for many renowned Indonesian artists.

Her first solo album Out of Shell (2006) was nominated for the Best Album in Foreign Language in Indonesia Music Award (AMI Award). In 2008, Dewi created Rectoverso, a unique hybrid of music and literature that consisted of 11 short stories and 11 song. Dewi’s hit single Malaikat Juga Tahu got her nominated as Best Female Singer in AMI Award.

Perahu Kertas, one of Dee’s books turned-into-movie, also marked her debut as a screenplay writer. The movie became one of the national’s block busters. Following the same fate, Rectoverso, Madre, Supernova, and Filosofi Kopi, were also made into movies.


Aroma Karsa
(Scents of Intention)
724 page(s), Bentang Pustaka
Paper Boats
400 page(s), AmazonCrossing
Inteligensi Embun Pagi
(Morning Dew Intelligence)
724 page(s), Bentang Pustaka
Collection of Short Stories
184 page(s), Bentang Pustaka
Supernova: Kesatria, Puteri, dan Bintang Jatuh
(Supernova: The Knight, the Princess and the Falling Star)
322 page(s), Bentang Pustaka
Filosofi Kopi
Collection of Short Stories
139 page(s), Bentang Pustaka
Collection of Short Stories
162 page(s), Bentang Pustaka

What Media Say

Guess what?: Dewi happy, sad about final novel — Jakarta Post (Feb 22, 2016)
Dewi ‘Dee’ Lestari Finds Her Freedom by Candra Malik — Jakarta Globe (Jul 25, 2011)
Dee: Inspiring and Intriguing by Citra Ningrum — Others (Oct 25, 2010)

Also Mentioned in ...

5 Indonesian Writers You Should be Reading by Will Heath - Books and Bao (Mar 27, 2019)
Where are all the Indonesian writers? by Pamela Allen - National Centre for Writing (Feb 22, 2019)
Lontar’s Modern Library of Indonesian Literature by Ron Witton - Indonesia Institute Blog (Jul 18, 2015)
A many-headed machine by Hendrik Maier - Inside Indonesia (Jul 17, 2015)
New aromas by Meghan Downes - Inside Indonesia (Jul 17, 2015)