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Ayu Utami (born on November 21, 1968 in Bogor, West Java) is a female Indonesian writer. She has written novels, short-stories, and articles. Saman (1998) is widely considered her masterpiece. It was translated into English by Pamela Allen in 2005. Ayu Utami is a leading voice among the new generation of Indonesian artists and writers emerging after the fall of Suharto. Utami was born in Bogor and grew up in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta. She obtained her Bachelor degree from the University of Indonesia, where she studied Russian language and literature. During her college years she had already begun publishing reports and essays in various newspapers. In 1990, she was selected as a finalist in Wajah Femina, a beauty pageant in Indonesia. However, she did not pursue a modeling career due to her dislike of cosmetics and make-up. She has been a journalist for various Indonesian magazines, including Humor, Matra, Forum Keadilan, and D&R.; Shortly after Suharto banned three magazines in...
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