The Jakarta Post
Sapardi Djoko Damono and Seno Gumira Ajidarma were in unison in describing Norman as "one of the writers who will give bright colors to the future of Indonesian literature". (Shutterstock/-)
Indonesian author Norman Erikson Pasaribu was awarded the Southeast Asian Young Writer by the Southeast Asian Literary Council (Mastera) on Monday in Jakarta.
"One day we hope there will be Indonesian writers who will win the Nobel Prize in Literature," said head of Mastera and Culture and Education Ministry's Language Agency, Danang, as he conveyed the award as reported by kompas.com.
In addition to Norman, the award was also given to the writers Hajah Nur Hamizah binti Haji Samihon from Brunei Darussalam, Nisah Haron from Malaysia, and Hassan Hasaaree from Singapore.
Norman was chosen as a recipient of the award after going through the assessment stage conducted by a number of influential Indonesian writers, such as Sapardi Djoko Damono, Ganjar Harimansyah, Seno Gumira Ajidarma, Agus R Sarjono and Erlis Nur Mujiningsih.
Terima kasih kepada Sapardi Djoko Damono dan Seno Gumira Ajidarma yang telah memilih saya untuk penghargaan ini. 😭😭😭— Norman E. Pasaribu (@nrmnp) September 11, 2017
Sapardi Djoko Damono and Seno Gumira Ajidarma were in unison in describing Norman as "one of the writers who will give bright colors to the future of Indonesian literature".
Born in Jakarta in 1990, Norman's credit include a book on a collection of stories titled Hanya Kamu yang Tahu Berapa Lama Lagi Aku harus Menunggu (Only You Know How Much Longer I Have to Wait), which was one of the top five Prose category in the 2014 Khatulistiwa Literary Award.
Meanwhile, the manuscript of his first poetry book, Sergius Mencari Bacchus (Sergius Searching for Bacchus), became the first winner in the 2015 Jakarta Arts Council (DKJ) Poetry Book Writing Contest. The book of poetry was also included in the top five of the 2016 Khatulistiwa Literary Award.
Norman is currently attending the author's residency program in Vietnam and was represented by his father at the award ceremony. (liz/kes)