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Motinggo Busye


Motinggo Busye (also spelled Boesje of Busje) was a prominent Indonesian writer and former chief editor of Penerbitan Nusantara. In 1960 he had already won a prize for his play entitled Malam Jahanam (Infernal Night, 1958) and decided to pursue a literary career. From the late 1960s to the late 1970s, Motinggo’s popular novels offered his readers a middlebrow literary medium for self-reflection and social diagnosis. As a loyal critic of the New Order, Motinggo sought not to disown it but to help make it work. His life and oeuvre show the contradictory ways he pursued his goals as a family man and a professional writer.

In the early half of the 1970s, Motinggo Busye also worked as a film producer. His most famous film is Bing Slamet Dukun Palsu (1973).

By the end of 1990, he had written (and presumably published) two hundred works, eighty of these were published  in the 1960 alone.

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