Writers Famous Writers from Indonesia

Reference
21k views 101 items

List of famous writers from Indonesia, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Indonesia is home to many prolific writers, including those who write fiction, non-fiction, poetry, biographies and more. These are some of the best Indonesian writers that have ever lived, so if you're a native of Indonesia and an aspiring writer then use this list as inspiration to achieve your own writing goals.

This list below has everything from Kamila Andini to Fahri Asiza.

This list answers the questions, "Who are popular Indonesian writers?" and "Which writers are from Indonesia?"

You can click on the names of these renowned writers of Indonesia in order to get more information about each one. Some of these historic writers may no longer be living in Indonesia, but they're all of Indonesia descent.

1
Eddie Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Writers from Indonesia
age 63 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

2
Hella Haasse is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Writers from Indonesia
Died at 93 (1918-2011) 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

3
Asmirandah Zantman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Writers from Indonesia
age 29 Asmirandah Zantman is an actress, model and presenter.

4
Garin Nugroho is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Writers from Indonesia
Garin Nugroho age 57 Garin Nugroho Riyanto, better known as Garin Nugroho, is an award-winning Indonesian film director.

5
Hetty Naaijkens-Retel Helmrich is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Writers from Indonesia
age 63 Hetty Naaijkens-Retel Helmrich raised in the Netherlands, is the director of Scarabeefilms. She has produced several award-winning documentaries.

6
Pramoedya Ananta Toer is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Writers from Indonesia
Died at 81 (1925-2006) 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

7
Joko Anwar is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Writers from Indonesia
age 42 Joko Anwar is an Indonesian filmmaker.

8
Mohammad Hatta is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Writers from Indonesia
Died at 78 (1902-1980) 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

9
Johan Fabricius is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Writers from Indonesia
Died at 82 (1899-1981) 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

10
Riri Riza is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Writers from Indonesia
Riri Riza age 48 Riri Riza is an Indonesian film director, film producer and screenwriter.

11
Andi Arsyil Rahman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Writers from Indonesia
age 31 Andi Arsyil Rahman is an Indonesian actor.

12
Salman Aristo is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Writers from Indonesia
Salman Aristo age 42 Salman Aristo is an Indonesian screenwriter and film director best known for his work on Ayat-Ayat Cinta, Laskar Pelangi, Garuda di Dadaku, and Sang Penari. Born in Jakarta, Aristo became ...more

13
Monty Tiwa is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Writers from Indonesia
Monty Tiwa age 42 Monty Tiwa is an Indonesian screenwriter, composer, film editor, film producer and film director. Monty Tiwa enrolled in University of Kansas before he returned to Indonesia and worked as ...more

14
Arifin C. Noer is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Writers from Indonesia
Died at 54 (1941-1995) 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

15
B. J. Habibie is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Writers from Indonesia
age 82 Bacharuddin Jusuf Habibie FREng was President of Indonesia from 1998 to 1999. His presidency was the third, and the shortest, after independence.

16
Rahadyan Sastrowardoyo is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Writers from Indonesia
age 55 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

17
Mochtar Lubis is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Writers from Indonesia
Mochtar Lubis Died at 82 (1922-2004) 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

18
Aryo Danusiri is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Writers from Indonesia
age 45 Aryo Danusiri is an Indonesian film director. He started his first documentary, Village Goat Takes The Beating, about Aceh human rights violations, in 1999. This documentary was an official ...more

19
Edwin is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Writers from Indonesia
Edwin age 40 Edwin is a film director, screenwriter and film producer.

20
Mira Lesmana is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Writers from Indonesia
Mira Lesmana age 54 Mira Lesmana is an Indonesian songwriter, film director and producer. The daughter of musician Jack Lesmana and sister to jazz pianist Indra Lesmana, Mira Lesmana wrote her first song at age 16, ...more

21
Eddy D. Iskandar is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Writers from Indonesia
Eddy D. Iskandar age 67 Eddy D. Iskandar is a screenwriter and novelist.

22
Ifa Isfansyah is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Writers from Indonesia
Ifa Isfansyah age 39 Ifa Isfansyah is an Indonesian film director. Initially a maker of short films, his first featured film, Garuda di Dadaku, was released in 2009. His following film, Sang Penari, won four Citra ...more

23
Upi Avianto is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Writers from Indonesia
Upi Avianto age 48 Upi Avianto is an Indonesian screenwriter and film director who has worked on several of Indonesia's most popular films in the 2000s. She directed the 2004 film 30 hari mencari cinta which ...more

24
Putu Wijaya is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Writers from Indonesia
age 74 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

25
Asrul Sani is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Writers from Indonesia
Died at 77 (1927-2004) Asrul Sani was an Indonesian writer, poet and screenwriter.

26
Ali Alatas is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Writers from Indonesia
Died at 76 (1932-2008) 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.

27
Edward Gunawan is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Writers from Indonesia
Edward Gunawan Edward Gunawan is a film producer, actor and screenwriter.

28
Armantono is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Writers from Indonesia
Armantono age 53 Armantono is a screenwriter.

29
Kho Ping Hoo is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Writers from Indonesia
Kho Ping Hoo Died at 68 (1926-1994) 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

30
John de Rantau is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Writers from Indonesia
John de Rantau age 48 John de Rantau is an Indonesian film director. His film Denias Senandung Di Atas Awan was Indonesia's submission to the 80th Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film, but not nominated.

31
Mari Pangestu is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Writers from Indonesia
age 62 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

32
Habiburrahman El Shirazy is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Writers from Indonesia
Habiburrahman El Shirazy age 42 Habiburrahman El Shirazy is a writer, author and film story contributor.

33
Djenar Maesa Ayu is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Writers from Indonesia
age 45 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

34
Greg van Eekhout is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Writers from Indonesia
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

35
Prima Rusdi is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Writers from Indonesia
Prima Rusdi age 51 Prima Rusdi is an Indonesian screenwriter and writer. Rusdi was born in Göttingen, West Germany and raised in Jakarta, Indonesia. She graduated from the University of Indonesia and has a ...more

36
Suharto is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Writers from Indonesia
Died at 87 (1921-2008) Soeharto is one of the founders of Balai Perguruan Tinggi Gadjah Mada.

37
Bambang Pamungkas is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Writers from Indonesia
age 38 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

38
Usmar Ismail is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Writers from Indonesia
Usmar Ismail Died at 50 (1921-1971) 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

39
Ginatri S. Noer is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Writers from Indonesia
Ginatri S. Noer age 33 Ginatri S. Noer is a screenwriter.

40
Kamila Andini is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Writers from Indonesia
age 32 Kamila Andini is an Indonesian film director known for her critically acclaimed debut The Mirror Never Lies. She is the daughter of noted Indonesian film director Garin Nugroho and wife of ...more

41
Soe Hok Gie is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Writers from Indonesia
Died at 27 (1942-1969) Soe Hok Gie was a Chinese Indonesian activist who opposed the successive dictatorships of Presidents Sukarno and Suharto.

42
Ayu Utami is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Writers from Indonesia
age 50 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

43
Sumarsam is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Writers from Indonesia
age 74 Sumarsam is a Javanese musician and scholar of the gamelan.

44
Wimar Witoelar is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Writers from Indonesia
Wimar Witoelar age 73 Wimar Witoelar is an author and TV personality.

45
Dewi Lestari is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Writers from Indonesia
Dewi Lestari age 42 Dewi "Dee" Lestari Simangunsong is an Indonesian writer, singer, and songwriter.

46
Jose Poernomo is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Writers from Indonesia
Jose Poernomo Jose Poernomo is a film director, cinematographer, film producer and screenwriter.

47
Goenawan Mohamad is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Writers from Indonesia
age 77 Goenawan Mohamad is an Indonesian poet and man of letters born in Batang, Central Java.

48
Nasri Cheppy is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Writers from Indonesia
Nasri Cheppy Died at 60 (1950-2010) Nasri Cheppy was an Indonesian film director. He directed the six film Catatan si boy action drama series in the late 1980s and early 1990s. In 2003 he directed the hit Eiffel I'm in Love. He is ...more

49
Xu Xi is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Writers from Indonesia
age 64 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

50
Kusuma Widjaja Putu is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Writers from Indonesia
Kusuma Widjaja Putu Kusuma Widjaja Putu is a film director, film producer, screenwriter, cinematographer, film editor and production designer.