Sundari Mardjuki is an Indonesian author living in Depok, West Java, Indonesia. She was born in Temanggung, Central Java in December 1975. She moved to Depok, West Java in 1994 to pursue her study at University of Indonesia, Faculty of Cultural Studies. She found her passion in writing since she was in high school, where she wrote short stories but kept it for herself.
She started her career at Sony Music Entertainement Indonesia, with last position as Senior Marcomm Manager, where she closely worked with many popular Indonesian artists such as Isyana Sarasvati, Fatin Shidqia, Judika, GAC, TheOvertunes, among others. And now she is pursuing a career as freelance writer and marcomm specialist.
During her stay in The Netherlands, she studied about writing at the Amsterdam Writing Workshop from 2010 – 2011.
Her books : Papap, I Love You – A Novel (2012), Funtastic Fatin – A Non Fiction (2013), Genduk – A Novel (2016).
Sundari was awarded as “Best New Comer” (2012) for A Book Papap, I Love You, by Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy.
Genduk, her latest novel is published on July 27, 2016. It tells a story about an 11-year-old girl living in remote village in top of Mount Sindoro, Temanggung, in Central Java. Set in 70’s era, and riched with local culture and wisdom, the readers will be brought to the beauty of the Mount Sindoro and its surroundings, how tobbaco farmers had to survive, and Genduk’s journey in search of her lost father.
Genduk has received critical acclaims from several media including Detik.com, CNN Indonesia, Bisnis Indonesia, Gatra, and Republika. Genduk was selected as 5 Best Prose from 2016 Kusala Sastra Khatulistiwa, the most prestigious literary award in Indonesia. Second printed editon of this book was launched in November 2017.
Some portions of her book royalties go to Komunitas Cendekia Mandiri, a community which provide education for marginal children living in Temanggung, Central Java.
Sundari is co-founder of Jagongan Sastra Gunung, a literary event held in Mranggen Kidul Village, in Mount Sindoro, Central Java.
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