Martin Aleida


He was born in Tanjung Balai (Dec 31, 1943), and currently lives in Tanjung Balai
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Martin Aleida was born in Tanjung Balai, North Sumatera in 1943. He spent 40 years of his life in Jakarta as a journalist, short stories author, and novelist. Aleida, who studied Linguistics at Gergetown University, Washington D.C, USA, once worked for the United Nations and various media, including Tempo Magazine in Jakarta. Aleida has written a number of books, most of them are collections of his short stories. In 2004, his book won an award from the Indonesian Ministry of Education and Culture’s Language Center. His short story Leontin Dewangga was translated into English and included in Asia-Pacific short stories anthology, which was published in Boston entitled Another Kind of Paradise. In 2009-2012 he was appointed as a member of the Arts Council of Jakarta.1

  1. ALF2014 


  Tanah Air yang Hilang
Collection of Short Stories
344 page(s), Penerbit Buku Kompas
  “Anak ini Mau Mengencingi Jakarta?”
("This Kid Wants to Urinate all over Jakarta?”)
222 page(s), Penerbit Buku Kompas
  Smokol: Cerpen Kompas Pilihan 2008
Collection of Short Stories
169 page(s), Penerbit Buku Kompas
  Mata yang Indah: Cerpen Pilihan KOMPAS 2001
(Beautiful Eyes)
222 page(s), Penerbit Buku Kompas

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