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After ‘Kura-Kura Berjanggut’, Azhari Aiyub delves deeper into the world of antiheroes 

A. Kurniawan Ulung

The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta  /  Sun, September 8, 2019  /  01:36 pm
After ‘Kura-Kura Berjanggut’, Azhari Aiyub delves deeper into the world of antiheroes 

Azhari Aiyub (JP/A. Kurniawan Ulung)

For Acehnese author Azhari Aiyub, heroes are not just those whose names appear in school textbooks. He believes there were individuals who fought for Indonesia’s independence but never received recognition. Their contributions were overlooked because of their lack of hero attributes. “For example, there were criminals who were also revolutionaries. Becoming a hero is not always black and white. There might be ridiculousness, foolishness or disgrace along the way. For me, these bad sides are interesting to look at,” he said. Azhari prominently presented this antihero storyline in Kura-Kura Berjanggut (The Bearded Turtle), which stole the limelight after being named the best prose at the prestigious 18th Kusala Sastra Khatulistiwa Literary Awards last year. It follows the adventure of pirates trying to overthrow a greedy sultan in Aceh. More ant...