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'The Bearded Turtle': Novel from Aceh wins Award in Jakarta

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Thu, October 11, 2018  /  04:30 pm
'The Bearded Turtle': Novel from Aceh wins Award in Jakarta

'Kura-kura Berjanggut' (The Bearded Turtle) by Azhari Aiyub (JP /Ni Nyoman Wira)

Kura-kura Berjanggut (The Bearded Turtle), a novel by Acehnese author Azhari Aiyub, has been named the winner in the Prose category of the 18th Kusala Sastra Khatulistiwa literary award.

Avianti Armand’s Museum Masa Kecil (Childhood Museum), meanwhile, is the winner in the Poetry category and Rio Johan’s Ibu Susu (Mother Milk) came out on top in the First Work/Second Work category.

The ceremony for the annual award was held at the Plaza Senayan mall in Central Jakarta on Wednesday night.

Published in April by Banana Publisher, Kura-kura Berjanggut won over other finalists, including Leila S. Chudori’s Laut Bercerita (The Sea Speaks His Name) and Yusi Avianto Pareanom’s Muslihat Musang Emas (Golden Ferret’s Trickery).

Read also: Azhari Aiyub's tale of the bearded turtle

Other nominees in the Poetry category were Faisal Oddang’s Manurung and Warih Wisatsana’s Batu Ibu (Stone Mother).

First Work/Second Work is the newest category in the ceremony, launched in 2017. The nominees included Triskaidekaman’s Buku Panduan Matematika Terapan (Handbook of Applied Mathematics) and Cyntha Hariadi’s Manifesto Flora (Flora Manifesto).

Previously known as the Khatulistiwa Literary Award, Kusala Sastra Khatulistiwa was established in 2001 by author/director Richard Oh and Takeshi Ichiki, formerly the director of Plaza Senayan, to promote Indonesian literature and reading as a culture. Past winners include Mahfud Ikwan, Kiki Sulistyo, Nunuk Y. Kusmiana, Okky Madasari and Leila S. Chudori. (wir/wng)

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