Leila Chudori

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Leila S. Chudori
Chudori in 2012

Leila Salikha Chudori (born December 12, 1962) is an Indonesian journalist and writer.[1] She won the Southeast Asian Writers Award in 2020.[2]


Leila Salikha Chudori was born December 12, 1962, in Jakarta and grew up there. She is the daughter of Muhammad Chudori.[3] She studied at Trent University in Ontario, Canada, graduating in 1988. She worked for the magazines Jakarta Jakarta and Tempo; the second magazine was banned[4] by the New Order regime of President Suharto in 1994.[5]

Her first stories were published in children's magazines Si Kuncung, Kawanku and Hai when she was only 12.[1] Chudori later wrote scripts for the television series Dunia Tanpa Koma. She received an award for best television scriptwriter at the 2007 Bandung Film Festival.[6] She also wrote the script for the 2008 film Drupadi. In 2009, she published a collection of stories 9 dari Nadira.[1]

Her daughter Rain Chudori also writes short stories.[6]

Selected works[edit]

  • Malam Terakhir (The Last Night), short stories (1989)[4]
  • 9 Dari Nadira, short stories (2009)[7]
  • Pulang, novel (2012),[8] awarded the Khatulistiwa Literary Award;[5] translated by John H. McGlynn as Home (Deep Vellum, 2015; ISBN 1941920101)
  • Laut Bercerita, novel (2018), 2020 Southeast Asian Writers Award winner;[2] translated by John H. McGlynn as The Sea Speaks His Name (Penguin Books, 2020; ISBN 9789814882316).


  1. ^ a b c "The dark drama of a woman". Jakarta Post. January 10, 2010. Archived from the original on February 11, 2015. Retrieved February 11, 2015.
  2. ^ a b Partogi, Sebastian (June 28, 2020). "Leila S. Chudori: Weaving family drama into political saga". The Jakarta Post.
  3. ^ "Senior journalist and 'Post' founder dies". Jakarta Post. March 24, 2013.
  4. ^ a b Miller, Jane Eldridge (2001). Who's who in Contemporary Women's Writing. pp. 64–65. ISBN 0415159806.
  5. ^ a b Chudori, Leila (October 2013). "Seeking identity, seeking Indonesia". Inside Indonesia.
  6. ^ a b "Paris vu de Jakarta" (PDF). Association franco-indonésienne Pasar Malam. October 13, 2014.(in French)
  7. ^ "9 Dari Nadira". Kineruku.
  8. ^ "Novel 'Pulang' Asks Tough Questions of Indonesia". Jakarta Globe. December 18, 2012. Archived from the original on February 11, 2015. Retrieved February 11, 2015.

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