Literary Café

Friday, August 14 2015 | 20:00

Café Prückel, Stubenring 24, 1010 Wien
Free admission – Registration at the desks in the Aula of the University of Vienna

Ayu Utami

Introduction by Werner Kraus
Readers: Ayu Utami and Pamela Allen

Ayu Utami is Indonesia’s most prominent female writer within the initial wave of the literary genre sastra wangi. Her works have been translated into many languages and have won prizes around the world, including the Jakarta Arts Council Novel Prize (1998) and the Prince Claus Award (2000). Her style and choice of topics have been a refreshing breeze in the changing period of the 1990s in Indonesia. As an author, she has inspired many young Indonesian women to write about topics that matter to them and their society. Among her most popular books are Saman and Larung. This year Indonesia is the guest of honour of the Frankfurt Book Fair, one of the world’s largest and most prestigious literary events.

Reading as part of the EuroSEAS Conference

It is a pleasure and honour for EuroSEAS to announce that Ayu Utami will be a keynote speaker at this year’s conference. She will also participate in a round-table discussion with experts on contemporary Indonesian literature.

As we would like to share the experience with a wider audience, including the Indonesian community in the city of Vienna, we will additionally organise a Literary Café that will focus on Ayu Utami’s works. The author herself will read selected chapters from her novels in Bahasa Indonesia, followed by English versions read by her Australian translator Pamela Allen. This is an extraordinary opportunity to present selected jewels of contemporary Indonesian literature in the presence of their author and English translator. The event will be introduced by Werner Kraus, a leading international expert on Indonesian literature.

Link: Facebook Event Page

Event coordination: Daniela Paredes, Simon Gorski, Karl Valent (University of Vienna)