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Supernova: The Knight, The Princess and the Falling Star presents a series of intertwined and unconventional love stories, straight and gay, with a bit of science and spirituality added to the mix.

The major characters are young, urban, and technologically highly aware. They are caught up in major forms of contemporary social conflict.

About the Author

Dewi Lestari was born in Bandung on January 20, 1976 and is a graduate of Parahyangan University (Bandung) in International Relations. Dee, both her pen name and as she is popularly known, first came to public attention through her membership of the pop group “RSD”, an abreviation of the names of the three singers: Rita, Sita, Dewi. She recorded four albums with the group, as well as two solo albums: Out of Shell (2006) and Rectoverso (2008).

Supernova: The Knight, the Princess and the Falling Star (2001) is the first book in a proposed series of six novels. In its first two weeks of publication, the novel sold 14,000 copies, making it the fastest-selling Indonesian novel to date, and has continued to sell phenomenally well since then. Subsequent volumes in the series include Supernova: Akar (Supernova: Roots, 2002) and Supernova: Petir (Supernova: Thunderbolt, 2004). These three volumes together have sold more than 200,000 copies.

Dee is also the author of two collections of short stories: Filosofi Kopi (The Philosophy of Coffee, 2006), recognised as the Best Literary work of 2006 by Tempo newsmagazine and Rectoverso (2008). Her recent work is a novel Perahu Kertas (Paper Boats, 2009). In 2008 she was recognized by Prestige magazine as “writer of the Year” and both in 2009 and 2010 was listed by Globe Asia magazine as one of the 100 most influential women in Asia.

Dee has spoken at many international writers’ festivals, including the Ubud writers’ Festival, Bali (2004, 2005 and 2010), and the Byron Bay writers Festival, Australia (2006). She is married and has two children.

Translated by Harry Aveling.

Print edition by The Lontar Foundation © 2011
Jl. Danau Laut Tawar No. 53
Jakarta 10210 Indonesia
www lontar.org

Cover image: Lucia Hartini, Caught In A Barrier of Sharp Rocks

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