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List of the most popular authors from Indonesia, listed alphabetically with photos when available. For centuries authors have been among the world's most important people, helping chronicle history and keep us entertained with one of the earliest forms of storytelling. Whether they're known for fiction, non-fiction, poetry or even technical writing, the famous Indonesian authors on this list have kept that tradition alive by writing renowned works that have been praised around the world. You can find useful information below about these notable Indonesian writers, such as when they were born and where their place of birth was.

Authors include everything from Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to Sapardi Djoko Damono.

This list answers the questions, "Which famous authors are from Indonesia?" and "Who are the best Indonesian authors?"

For further information on these historic Indonesian authors, click on their names. If you're a bookworm then use this list of celebrated Indonesian authors to discover some new books that you will enjoy reading.

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Alberthiene Endah is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Authors from Indonesia
Rr. Alberthiene Endah Kusumawardhani Sutoyo, better known as Alberthiene Endah, is an Indonesian biographer, novelist, and journalist. She is known for her in-depth biographies of Indonesian ...more

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Hella Haasse is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Authors from Indonesia
Transit, Les jardins de Bomarzo, Uitgesproken Hélène "Hella" Serafia Haasse was a Dutch writer, often referred to as "the Grand Old Lady" of Dutch literature, and whose novel Oeroeg was a staple for ...more

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Asmirandah Zantman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Authors from Indonesia
Lovandah Asmirandah Zantman is an actress, model and presenter.

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Pramoedya Ananta Toer is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Authors from Indonesia
Child of All Nations, This Earth of Mankind, The Mute's Soliloquy: A Memoir Pramoedya Ananta Toer was an Indonesian author of novels, short stories, essays, polemic and histories of his homeland and its people. His works span the colonial period, Indonesia's struggle ...more

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Eddie Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Authors from Indonesia
Edward Lodewijk "Eddie" Van Halen is a Dutch-born American musician, songwriter and producer. He is best known as the lead guitarist, keyboardist and co-founder of the hard rock band ...more

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Mochtar Lubis is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Authors from Indonesia
Mochtar Lubis Harimau! Harimau!, Jalan Tak Ada Ujung, Senja di Jakarta Mochtar Lubis was an Indonesian Batak journalist and novelist who co-founded Indonesia Raya. His novel Senja di Jakarta was the first Indonesian novel to be translated into English. He was a ...more

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Mohammad Hatta is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Authors from Indonesia
Ajaran Marx atau kepintaran sang murid membeo?, Teori ekonomi, politik ekonomi dan orde ekonomi Mohammad Hatta was Indonesia's first vice president, later also serving as the country's Prime Minister. Known as "The Proclamator", he and a number of Indonesians, including the first ...more

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Raditya Dika is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Authors from Indonesia
KambingJantan, Manusia Setengah Salmon, Kambingjantan: Sebuah Komik Pelajar Bodoh Raditya Dika is a writer, actor and comedian.

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Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Authors from Indonesia
Membangun Indonesia yang aman, adil, dan sejahtera Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono GCB AC DUT is an Indonesian politician and retired Army general officer who was the President of Indonesia from 2004 to 2014. He is currently the chairman of the ...more

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Andi Arsyil Rahman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Authors from Indonesia
"Life is Miracle" (Menangkap Pesan Luar Biasa dari Setiap Keping Kejadian), HOPE, "EURECLE!" (Anda dan Setiap Manusia Adalah KEAJAIBAN) Andi Arsyil Rahman is an Indonesian actor.

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Johan Fabricius is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Authors from Indonesia
Java Ho!, Java revisited, East Indies episode Johan Wigmore Fabricius was a Dutch writer, journalist and adventurer. Fabricius was born in Bandung, Java. He wrote approximately 60 books, among them many books for children. He is well known ...more

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Arifin C. Noer is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Authors from Indonesia
Antologi Drama Indonesia, Jilid 4 (1969-2000), Walking Westward in the Morning: Seven Contemporary Indonesian Poets Arifin Chairin Noer, commonly known as Arifin C. Noer was an Indonesian poet, theater director and highly successful film producer. Noer studied Civil Administration at the University of ...more

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Wimar Witoelar is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Authors from Indonesia
Wimar Witoelar No regrets Wimar Witoelar is an author and TV personality.

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Kho Ping Hoo is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Authors from Indonesia
Kho Ping Hoo Bu Kek Sian Su, Kisah si Bangau Merah, Suling Naga Kho Ping Hoo or Asmaraman Sukowati Kho Ping Hoo is an Indonesian author of Chinese ethnicity. He is well known in Indonesia for his martial art fiction set in the background of China or Java. ...more

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Mario Teguh is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Authors from Indonesia
Mario Teguh Becoming a Star, One Million Second Chances, Life Changer Mario Teguh is a motivational speaker and consultant from Indonesia.

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Suharto is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Authors from Indonesia
Year-end message 1976 of the President of the Republic of Indonesia Soeharto is one of the founders of Balai Perguruan Tinggi Gadjah Mada.

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B. J. Habibie is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Authors from Indonesia
Habibie & Ainun, Decisive Moments: Indonesia's Long Road Towards Democracy Bacharuddin Jusuf Habibie FREng was President of Indonesia from 1998 to 1999. His presidency was the third, and the shortest, after independence.

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Ali Alatas is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Authors from Indonesia
The pebble in the shoe Ali Alatas was an Indonesian diplomat of Ba 'Alawi sada descent, who served as the country's foreign minister from 1988 to 1999. He was Indonesia's longest serving foreign minister.

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Rudolph Besier is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Authors from Indonesia
Rudolph Besier The Barretts of Wimpole Street Rudolf Wilhelm Besier was a Dutch-English dramatist and translator, who is best known for his play The Barretts of Wimpole Street. Rudolf Besier was born in Java in 1878. He had some limited ...more

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Asrul Sani is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Authors from Indonesia
Tiga Menguak Takdir Asrul Sani was an Indonesian writer, poet and screenwriter.

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Rahadyan Sastrowardoyo is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Authors from Indonesia
Rahadyan Timoteo Sastrowardoyo is a writer, editor and photographer. He is an American of Indonesian and Filipino ancestry. Sastrowardoyo was raised on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, and ...more

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P.F.Dahler is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Authors from Indonesia
Pieter Frederich Dahler, more commonly known as P.F. Dahler or Frits Dahler, was one of the leading Indo politicians and activists advocating integration of the native Indo-European community ...more

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Usmar Ismail is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Authors from Indonesia
Usmar Ismail Usmar Ismail was a prominent Indonesian film director. He was of a Minangkabau descent. He was widely regarded as the native Indonesian pioneer of the Cinema of Indonesia although films made by ...more

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Venna Melinda is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Authors from Indonesia
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Koentjaraningrat is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Authors from Indonesia
Koentjaraningrat Anthropology in Indonesia, Javanese culture, Villages in Indonesia Kanjeng Pangeran Haryo Prof. Dr. Koentjaraningrat was an Indonesian anthropologist. He is sometimes referred to as "the father of Indonesian anthropology".

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Putu Wijaya is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Authors from Indonesia
Antologi Drama Indonesia, Jilid 4 (1969-2000) I Gusti Ngurah Putu Wijaya, better known simply as Putu Wijaya, was born in Tabanan, Bali. He is an Indonesian author, considered by many to be one of Indonesia's most prominent literary ...more

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Fadli Zon is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Authors from Indonesia
Fadli Zon The politics of the May 1998 riots Fadli Zon is one of the founders of Great Indonesia Movement Party.

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Xu Xi is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Authors from Indonesia
Hong Kong Rose, City Stage, Daughters of Hui Xu Xi, originally named Xu Su Xi, is an English language novelist from Hong Kong. She is also the Hong Kong regional editor of Routledge's Encyclopedia of Post-colonial Literature and the editor ...more

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Mari Pangestu is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Authors from Indonesia
The social impact of globalisation in Southeast Asia, The Indonesian bank crisis and restructuring Mari Elka Pangestu was the Minister of Trade of Indonesia from October 2004 to October 2011. In a cabinet reshuffle in October 2011 she was appointed to the newly created position of minister of ...more

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Goenawan Mohamad is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Authors from Indonesia
Sidelines Goenawan Mohamad is an Indonesian poet and man of letters born in Batang, Central Java.

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Nugroho Notosusanto is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Authors from Indonesia
Nugroho Notosusanto The national struggle and the armed forces in Indonesia Brigadier General Raden Panji Nugroho Notosusanto was an Indonesian short story writer turned military historian who served as professor of history at the University of Indonesia. Born to a ...more

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Soe Hok Gie is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Authors from Indonesia
A Diary of A Demonstrator Soe Hok Gie was a Chinese Indonesian activist who opposed the successive dictatorships of Presidents Sukarno and Suharto.

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Bambang Pamungkas is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Authors from Indonesia
Ketika Jemariku Menari Bambang Pamungkas, also known as Bepe, is an Indonesian professional footballer who plays for Persija Jakarta in the Indonesia Super League and previously the Indonesia national football team. ...more

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Chairil Anwar is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Authors from Indonesia
Tiga Menguak Takdir, The complete poetry and prose of Chairil Anwar, Aku Ini Binatang Jalang: koleksi sajak 1942-1949 Chairil Anwar was an Indonesian poet and member of the "1945 generation" of writers. He is estimated to have written 96 works, including 70 individual poems. Anwar was born and raised ...more

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Habiburrahman El Shirazy is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Authors from Indonesia
Habiburrahman El Shirazy Ayat-ayat cinta Habiburrahman El Shirazy is a writer, author and film story contributor.

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Djenar Maesa Ayu is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Authors from Indonesia
Djenar Maesa Ayu, also known as Nay, is an Indonesian novelist, short story writer, actress, screenwriter, and filmmaker. Her work has variously been described as "provocative and ...more

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Marie Sloot is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Authors from Indonesia
Marie Sloot La Renzoni Marie Sloot was a writer.

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Nano Riantiarno is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Authors from Indonesia
Nano Riantiarno Antologi Drama Indonesia, Jilid 4 (1969-2000) Nobertus Riantiarno is an Indonesian actor, director, and playwright. Beginning his acting while in high school, he studied under Teguh Karya, acting in several movies and plays, until ...more

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Sutan Takdir Alisjahbana is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Authors from Indonesia
Sutan Takdir Alisjahbana Layar Terkembang, Indonesian language and literature, Indonesia: social and cultural revolution Sutan Takdir Alisjahbana, was born in Natal, North Sumatra. His family came from Minangkabau who migration in 19th century. He was a founder and editor of Poedjangga Baroe. He became one of ...more

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Greg van Eekhout is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Authors from Indonesia
In the Late December, Norse Code Greg van Eekhout is a science fiction and fantasy writer. His "In the Late December" was nominated for the Nebula Award for Best Short Story, and his middle-grade fantasy novel The Boy ...more

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Sumarsam is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Authors from Indonesia
Gamelan Sumarsam is a Javanese musician and scholar of the gamelan.

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Y. B. Mangunwijaya is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Authors from Indonesia
Y. B. Mangunwijaya Durga/Umayi Yusuf Bilyarta Mangunwijaya, was an Indonesian architect, writer, and Catholic religious leader. He was popularly known as Romo Mangun.

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Andrea Hirata is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Authors from Indonesia
Andrea Hirata The Rainbow Troops Andrea Hirata is an Indonesian author best known for the 2005 novel Laskar Pelangi and its sequels.

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Ayu Utami is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Authors from Indonesia
Saman Ayu Utami is an Indonesian writer. She has written novels, short-stories, and articles. Saman is widely considered her masterpiece. It was translated into English by Pamela Allen in 2005. By ...more

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Marah Roesli is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Authors from Indonesia
Marah Roesli Sitti Nurbaya Marah Roesli was an Indonesian writer.

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Muhammad Yamin is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Authors from Indonesia
Muhammad Yamin was born in Talawi, Sawahlunto, in the heartland of the Minangkabau on the island of Sumatra, Indonesia. He was the son of Tuanku Oesman Gelar Baginda Khatib the penghulu andiko ...more

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Taufik Ismail is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Authors from Indonesia
Taufik Ismail Walking Westward in the Morning: Seven Contemporary Indonesian Poets Taufiq Ismail is an Indonesian poet and activist. Ismail figured prominently in Indonesian literature of the post-Sukarno period and is considered one of the pioneers of the "Generation of ...more

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Dahlan Iskan is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Authors from Indonesia
Dahlan Iskan Ganti Hati Dahlan Iskan is the former CEO of Indonesian newspaper publisher, Jawa Pos Group. He was the CEO of Indonesia's State Electricity Company, from December 23, 2009 to October, 2011. He was ...more

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Selo Soemardjan is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Authors from Indonesia
Selo Soemardjan The dynamics of community development in rural Central and West Java Selo Soemardjan, also spelled as Selo Sumarjan or Selo Sumardjan. He was well known as a senior academic in sociology at Universitas Indonesia, and is known as the Pioneer of Indonesian Social ...more

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Abdul Muis is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Authors from Indonesia
Salah Asuhan, Pertemuan Jodoh Abdul Muis, was an Indonesian writer, journalist and nationalist. He argued tirelessly for Indonesia's independence from the Netherlands.