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Marga T

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Marga T or Marga Tjoa was born Tjoa Liang Tjoe (Chinese: 蔡良珠;[1] Hokkien: Chhoà Liâng-chu) to a Catholic Chinese Indonesian (peranakan) family in Jakarta in 1943. She started writing young and by age 21, had published her first short story, “Room 27” (Indonesian: Kamar 27). It was followed by her first book in 1969, a children’s story titled My Home is My Castle (Indonesian: Rumahku adalah Istanaku). During this time she was also educated as a physician at Trisakti University.

Tjoa became famous after first novel, Karmila, was published in 1971. In 1972 she followed Karmila’s success with The Storm Will Surely Pass (Indonesian: Badai Pasti Berlalu), which was serialized in Kompas between 5 June and 2 September 1972, with a novelized version being published in 1974. Both novels were adapted into movies, with Badai Pasti Berlalu going on to win four Citra awards. This early success convinced her to continue writing.

During the late 1970s and throughout the 1980s and 1990s, Tjoa published more popular novels, including An Illusion (Indonesian: Sebuah Ilusi), The Red Saga (Indonesian: Saga Merah), and Doctor Sabara’s Secret (Indonesian: Rahasia Dokter Sabara). She also published some collections of short stories, including Love Song (Indonesian: Lagu Cinta) and Monik.

In 2004, Tjoa published A Bud of Hope (Indonesian: Sekuntum Nozomi) to commemorate the eighth anniversary of the 1998 Jakarta Riots. It deals with the violence and rape of Chinese women during the riots.

As of 2006, Tjoa has written 80 short stories, 50 pieces of children’s literature, and 38 novels.1


  1. Wikipedia 

Book(s)


If Only
Memoir
448 page(s), Gramedia Pustaka Utama
Badai Pasti Berlalu
(The Storm Will Surely Pass)
Novel
456 page(s), Gramedia Pustaka Utama

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