Djenar Maesa Ayu


Nationality: Indonesian

Following the publication of Mereka Bilang Saya Monyet, Djenar Maesa Ayu went on to become one of Indonesia’s most controversial writers. Her works are described as provocative, sensational, and disturbing at the same time, dealing with many topics considered taboo in Indonesia. She is also an actress, screenwriter, and filmmaker.

Buku pertama Djenar yang berjudul Mereka Bilang Saya Monyet, menjadikannya salah satu penulis Indonesia yang kontroversial. Tulisannya sering kali disebut provokatif, penuh sensasi, dan berbeda disebabkan topik-topik tabu yang ia bahas. Djenar juga seorang aktris, penulis naskah, dan pembuat film.

Appearing In

Private: Camera Obscura

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Private: Film Program: Nay

A successful actress, Nay’s world is thrown into chaos when she discovers she’s 11 weeks pregnant. She immediately tells her boyfriend, Ben, a spoiled young man who chooses to put …


Private: It Chooses You

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Private: Special Event: Mengupas Sastra

Buka jendela sastra Indonesia dan kupas perjalanannya bersama Djenar Maesa Ayu, pengarang buku-buku yang selalu menerima banyak pujian dan Triyanto Triwikromo, sastrawan Indonesia yang telah memenangkan banyak penghargaan. Dipandu oleh …