Sapardi Djoko Damono

Writer


He was born in Surakarta (Mar 20, 1940), and currently lives in Jakarta
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An Indonesian poet known for lyrical poems, and who is widely regarded as the pioneer of lyrical poetry in Indonesia.

Sapardi has also completed a number of translations of literary works from other countries into Indonesian. These include the literary works of T.S. Eliot, Khalil Gibran and Jalaludin Rumi; his translation of Ernest Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea is considered among Indonesia’s best.

Sapardi’s poems have also formed the inspiration behind several musical compositions, most notably by Indonesia’s international-acclaimed pianist Ananda Sukarlan. Several singers have also released albums using his poetry: Hujan Bulan Juni (1990), Hujan Dalam Komposisi (Rain in Composition) (1990) Gadis Kecil (Little Girl) (2006) and Becoming Dew (2007). In the realm of film, Aku Ingin has been rearranged into a soundtrack by musician Dwiki Dharmawan for Garin Nugroho’s 1991 film Cinta dalam Sepotong Roti (Love in A Slice of Bread).

Today, he is still a professor at the University of Indonesia. Damono’s extensive and intensive involvement in the university has borne him the unofficial title ‘Professor of Indonesian Poets’. He was once elected dean of the faculty. His poetry continues to enjoy wide popular appeal. A poetry recital, arranged to celebrate his 70th birthday in March 2010, was packed out with people of all ages and from all walks of life, queuing to enter the venue.1


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Book(s)


  Suti
Novel
200 page(s), Penerbit Buku Kompas
  Melipat Jarak: Sepilihan Sajak
Poetry Collection
188 page(s), Gramedia Pustaka Utama
  Hujan Bulan Juni: Novel
Novel
144 page(s), Gramedia Pustaka Utama
  Di Tubuh Tarra, dalam Rahim Pohon: Cerpen Pilihan KOMPAS 2014
Anthology
220 page(s), Penerbit Buku Kompas
  Pada Suatu Hari Nanti & Malam Wabah
200 page(s), Bentang Pustaka
  Before Dawn: The Poetry of Sapardi Djoko Damono
188 page(s), Lontar Foundation
  Di Serambi: On the Verandah – A Bilingual Anthology of Modern Indonesian Poetry
Poetry Collection
162 page(s), Cambridge University Press


Work(s) in Translation




What Media Say


Reviving Sapardi Djoko Damono’s legacy (Mar 27, 2017)
Time is Transient, Sapardi’s Poems Are Eternal (Mar 23, 2017)
Guess what?: Sapardi adapts poem into novel (Jun 16, 2015)
Sapardi Djoko Damono: 70 … and still kicking (Mar 31, 2010)
Sapardi’s words pull in new generations (Sep 04, 2005)

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