Oka Rusmini


Country: Indonesia

Oka Rusmini is one of the most influential Balinese authors of her generation. Born into a high caste Brahmin family, she grew into a poet and novelist with a critical perspective toward the patriarchal mindset dominating the island’s traditional culture. Among her important works are Tarian Bumi (Dance of the Earth), which was translated into English and German, Sagra and Patiwangi (Fragrant Death).

Oka Rusmini adalah salah satu penulis Bali paling berpengaruh. Terlahir di keluarga berkasta Brahmana, ia tumbuh sebagai sebagai seorang penyair dan novelis dengan pandangan kritis terhadap sikap patriarki yang mendominasi budaya tradisional Pulau Dewata. Beberapa karya terbesar Oka adalah Tarian Bumi, yang diterjemahkan ke dalam bahasa Inggris dan Jerman, serta Sagra dan Patiwangi.

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