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Jakarta Post

Ayu Utami, Nirwan Dewanto win Khatulistiwa literary prize

  • Ary Hermawan and Matheos Messakh

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, November 15 2008   /  11:03 am

Author Ayu Utami was announced the winner of the Khatulistiwa Literary Award 2008 late Thursday for her novel Bilangan Fu (Fu Number), a criticism of modernism, militarism and monotheism. Ayu, who has slammed the award as a "literary competition without literary criticism", was represented at the event at Plaza Senayan, Central Jakarta, by her publisher, Kepustakaan Populer Gramedia. "I am happy to receive the award, but I will not retract my criticism of the competition," she told The Jakarta Post on Friday. Nirwan Dewanto was awarded the prize in the poetry category for his work titled Jantung Lebah Ratu (The Queen Bee's Heart). In the young talents category, Wa Ode Wulan Ratna was awarded for her work Cari Aku di Canti (Find Me in Canti). The 15 finalists in the three categories were also recognized for their achievements. The Khatulistiwa award was established by write...