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Eka Kurniawan


Born Tasikmalaya (Nov 28, 1975), currently resides in Jakarta
Personal Web http://ekakurniawan.com/
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Eka Kurniawan has been described as the “brightest meteorite” in Indonesia’s new literary firmament, the author of two remarkable novels whose sheer beauty, elegance, cosmopolitanism, and ambition have brought comparisons not only to Pramaoedya, universally considered Indonesia’s modern literary genius, but also to Salman Rushdie, Gabriel García Márquez, and Mark Twain.

A new generation of young literary figures in Indonesia, emerging after decades of repressive dictatorship ended in 1998, is renewing the culture of the world’s largest Muslim nation (and its language, which was only nationally instituted in 1945). Kurniawan’s Beauty Is a Wound and Man Tiger are the capstones of this movement.1

Studied philosophy at Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta. He works as a journalist, writer and designer.


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Mga Himutok sa Palikuran
Collection of Short Stories
112 page(s), Savage Mind
Kitchen Curse
Collection of Short Stories
144 page(s), Verso Books
478 page(s), Gramedia Pustaka Utama
Man Tiger
192 page(s), Verso Books
Perempuan Patah Hati yang Kembali Menemukan Cinta Melalui Mimpi
(A Broken Hearted Woman who Found Love through Dream)
Collection of Short Stories
170 page(s), Bentang Pustaka
Lelaki Harimau
(Man Tiger)
190 page(s), Gramedia Pustaka Utama
Corat Coret di Toilet
(Graffiti in the Toilet)
Collection of Short Stories
132 page(s), Gramedia Pustaka Utama
Dunia Di Dalam Mata
Collection of Short Stories
282 page(s), Motion Publishing
Cantik itu Luka
(Beauty Is A Wound)
490 page(s), Gramedia Pustaka Utama
Kumpulan Budak Setan
Collection of Short Stories
174 page(s), Gramedia Pustaka Utama
Cinta Tak Ada Mati
Collection of Short Stories
184 page(s), Gramedia Pustaka Utama

Work(s) in Translation

What Media Say

The Spine Collector by Reeves Wiedeman — Vulture (Jan 06, 2022)
Eka Kurniawan: A modest literary star by Sebastian Partogi — Jakarta Post (Nov 09, 2020)
Interview with Indonesian Author Eka Kurniawan — Netherlandsandyou.nl (Sep 17, 2020)
Verso to Debut New Fiction Line in Fall 2019 by Calvin Reid — Publishers Weekly (Feb 12, 2019)
Eka Kurniawan named 2018 Prince Claus laureate — Jakarta Post (Sep 06, 2018)
New Order child by Norman Erikson Pasaribu — Mekong Review (May 01, 2018)
Eka Kurniawan: Writing fearlessly by A. Kurniawan Ulung — Jakarta Post (Nov 08, 2017)
Eka Kurniawan on Indonesia and Magical Realism by J.R. Ramakrishnan — Electric Literature (Jan 28, 2016)
Burning bright — The Economist (Jan 23, 2016)
Interview: Eka Kurniawan on “Beauty Is a Wound” by Tim Mann — Indonesia at Melbourne (Aug 31, 2015)
A Q&A with Eka Kurniawan by Alice Lewinsky — Text Publishing Blog (Aug 19, 2015)
Eka’s korean Breakthrough by Prasiddha Gustanto — J Plus (Jul 26, 2015)

Also Mentioned in ...

Where are all the Indonesian writers? by Pamela Allen - National Centre for Writing (Feb 22, 2019)
Literature is the new cool by Sebastian Partogi - Jakarta Post (Dec 19, 2017)
Pontas at the Göteborg Book Fair 2017 - Pontas – Latest News (Oct 02, 2017)
Frankfurt Book Fair 2015: another special and unique event - Pontas – Latest News (Oct 19, 2015)
A many-headed machine by Hendrik Maier - Inside Indonesia (Jul 17, 2015)
Some 2015 Highlights, from Text Staff - Text Publishing Blog (Jan 08, 2015)
Putting the Word Out by Nithin Coca - Southeast Asia Globe (Oct 30, 2014)

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