Basuki Gunawan

Basuki Gunawan (1929-2014) was a Netherlands-based Indonesian writer and academic. Born in what was then the Dutch East Indies, Gunawan learnt Dutch at school.


After World War II he fought to defend Indonesian independence against the former colonisers. In the early 1950s he travelled to the Netherlands to study sociology. Gunawan wrote Winarta while confined to the Dutch Student Sanatorium with tuberculosis, dedicating it to his fellow patients. He also wrote poetry and short stories in Indonesian.

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