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Welcome back, `Olenka'

  • Dina Indrasafitri

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, July 26 2009   /  11:56 am

What inspires one to write, especially if the end product is a masterpiece that is to be talked about for decades to come? "It was a woman," Budi Darma, author of award-winning novel, Olenka, said. "I opened the door to my room in Bloomington, and there she was." And so, the mere sight of that woman, coupled with the abundance of idle time during his student days in the United States, prompted him to roll up his sleeves, lock himself in his room for 21 days, and pour his imagination out in a torrent of literature. Thus, Olenka was born in 1983. It was Budi Darma's first work. Nevertheless, it won several awards including the Jakarta Art Institute Literary award and the South East Asia Write award. The novel was published by Balai Pustaka, and has been reprinted several times. However, the last six reprints were mostly made by orders from the National Education Ministr...