Tere Liye


He was born in Kikim (May 21, 1979), and currently lives in Jakarta

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Darwis alias Tere Liye (Kikim, South Sumatra Selatan, May 21, 1979) started writing in elementary school. He has a bachelor’s degree from the Faculty of Economics, University of Indonesia, Depok. Besides writing, Tere Liye is also a finance professional.

To this day, he has written not less than 21 books, ranging from novels, poetry collections and books of quotations. The fiction he writes varies, ranging from fantasy, action, children stories, family stories, religious stories, love stories, to historical novels. He also regularly writes columns on economics, politics and culture. His novels includes Hafalan Shalat Delisa (2005), Rembulan Tenggelam di Wajahmu (2009), Daun yang Jatuh Tak Pernah Membenci Angin (2010), Eliana (serial Anak-Anak Mamak, Book 4, 2011), Negeri Para Bedebah (2012),and Dikatakan atau Tidak Dikatakan, Itu Tetap Cinta (2014).

Several of his books have received literary awards. Negeri Para Bedebah and the poetry compilation Dikatakan Atau Tidak Dikatakan Itu Tetap Cinta both won Indonesian Readers’ Choice,. Negeri Para Bedebah was also shortlisted for the Kusala Sastra Khatulistiwa, and the novel Rindu won Islamic Book Award. Three of his novels have been filmed, including his debut novel Hafalan Shalat Delisa, which became a blockbuster in 2011. Some of his novels have been made into television series, including Serial Anak Kaki Gunung, which received an award for television series at the Bandung Film Festival 2012.1

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