Nh. Dini


She was born in Semarang (Feb 29, 1936), and currently lives in Sleman
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Nurhayati Srihardini Siti Nukatin, better known by her pen name “Nh. Dini” (sometimes “NH Dini” in English), is an Indonesian novelist and feminist. She is the youngest of five children of Saljowidjojo and Kusaminah. One branch of the family can be traced back to the Bugis of South Sulawesi.

Dini says that she began to love writing when she was in the second grade. Her mother was a batik artist, inspired by Javanese culture. She would read stories and poems to Dini that were written in the traditional Javanese alphabet. Her talent for writing fiction was soon confirmed. At the age of fifteen she read her poems on RRI (the state radio network) in Semarang.

In 1956, while working as a flight attendant for Garuda Indonesia Airways, she published a series of stories called Dua Dunia (Two Worlds). She also worked briefly as a radio announcer. In 1960 she married Yves Coffin, French consul to Kobe, Japan. Two children were born of their marriage; Marie-Claire Lintang and Pierre Louis Padang (commonly recognized as Pierre Coffin). As the wife of a diplomat, she went with her husband to Japan and then to Phnom Penh. She arrived in France in 1966. Later, they moved to Manila. In 1976, they moved to Detroit.

Dini separated from her husband in 1984. She reclaimed her Indonesian nationality in 1985. For many years, she operated a non-profit agency devoted to juvenile literacy.

She received the S.E.A. Write Award in 2003. Since then, she has lived in Sleman, near Yogyakarta. She currently resides in a nursing home and has had to suspend work on a novel and her memoirs due to worsening attacks of vertigo.1

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186 page(s), Lontar Foundation

What Media Say

NH Dini and her endless soul-searching journey by Rita Widiadana — The Jakarta Post (Nov 27, 2017)
Worlds-Within-Worlds: A Testimonial by Tiffany Tsao — Asymptote (Jan 19, 2015)
Nh. Dini’s Modernity by Tiffany Tsao — Asymptote (Jan 01, 2015)

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