Seno Gumira Ajidarma

Biography

Seno Gumira Ajidarma is a prolific author of non-fiction, short stories, and essays. Under his penname, Mira Sato, he has published poetry has well. He is also known as a journalist, photographer, lecturer, and film critic. Much of Seno’s work, both the factual and the fictional, focuses on everyday life and criticizes contemporary social, cultural and political conditions—but he has a great sense of humor as well, and has published satirical essays, playful poetry, a cartoon novel, and historical fantasies. He is well known in Indonesia as a consistent advocate of free speech and freedom of publication, and is the recipient of numerous literary awards, both national and international, including the Khatulistiwa Prize, Indonesia’s top literary award, the South East Asia (SEA) Write Award, and the Dinny O’Hearn Prize for Literary Translation. His work has been translated into English, French, German, and Japanese.

Bibliography

Jazz, Perfume & the Incident (Lontar Foundation)

Awards

1997
South East Asia Write Award
1997
Dinny O'Hearn Prize for Literary Translation
1997
Literary Award from Indonesian Ministry of Education and Culture
2004
Khatulistiwa Literary Award
2005
Khatulistiwa Literary Award