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Jakarta Post

Putu Wijaya: Climbing the mountain of creativity

  • Leon Agusta


Jakarta   /   Thu, January 17 2008   /  02:24 pm

At 62, Putu Wijaya, who was born on April 11, 1944, in Tabanan Bali, has produced 40 novels, 40 scripts, and over 1,000 short stories, essays and a wide variety of critical pieces on the arts, culture and social issues. A number of these writings have been translated into Thai, Arabic, Russian, Dutch, German, French and English. He has also written screenplays and was awarded three Citra statues for that. From the sheer volume of writing, let alone the theatrical performances and television dramas produced and directed, the impression one gets of Putu is that of a marathon runner forging into a limitless distance. He never stops. He runs continuously, as strongly as he can. Putu, with his hefty build and powerful persona, is truly a marathon runner of the arts. He has certainly never let up the pace. He is addicted to writing. Even three days without writing makes him feel unco...