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Jakarta Post

Ayu Utami: Explores her spiritual side

  • Prodita Sabarini

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, July 6 2008   /  11:37 am

Celebrated author Ayu Utami shares her thoughts on her latest book, Bilangan Fu (The Fu Numeral), at her house in Central Jakarta. She moves fluidly between subjects, from critical spiritualism to rock climbing and her partner in life, Erik. I even get treated to a dance with the couple's beautiful dog, Alpo. I arrive at Ayu's house in Utan Kayu area at noon on a Monday. The men hanging around street outside tell me the doorbell is behind the brick wall, next to the rustic Balinese wooden door. Peeking out from behind the wall is a man who flashes me a smile as he opens the door. This is Ayu's partner, Erik Prasetya: freelance photographer, Jakarta Institute of Arts lecturer, rock climber and inspiration for her new book, due for release next month. Just behind him is the writer herself. The two look 10 years younger than their years. Ayu, who will turn 40 i...