Eka Kurniawan


He was born in Tasikmalaya (Nov 28, 1975), and currently lives in Jakarta

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

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

  1. Amazon 


  Vengeance Is Mine, All Others Pay Cash
160 page(s), New Directions
478 page(s), Gramedia Pustaka Utama
  Beauty Is A Wound
384 page(s), New Directions
  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
  Seperti Dendam, Rindu Harus Dibayar Tuntas
(Love and Vengeance)
252 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

‘Almost All of My Novels Talk About Power Structures’: A Conversation With Eka Kurniawan (Nov 25, 2017)
Eka Kurniawan: Writing fearlessly (Nov 08, 2017)
Eka Kurniawan’s ‘Beauty is a Wound’ listed in French literary award (Oct 04, 2017)
The Lounge Chair Interview: 10 Questions with Eka Kurniawan (May 19, 2017)
‘No matter how serious your theme, the work should be entertaining.’ (Feb 26, 2017)
Reading Suharto, Quran, Mahabharata and Ramayana (Jan 21, 2017)
Eka Kurniawan Short Story Inspires Harry Dagoe’s Latest Film ‘Sunya’ (Dec 01, 2016)
‘Indonesia is a country that comes from blood’ (Jun 12, 2016)
Author Eka Kurniawan in the Running for Man Booker International Prize (Mar 10, 2016)
Eka Kurniawan on Indonesia and Magical Realism (Jan 28, 2016)
A round-up of the critical response to Eka Kurniawan and his writing (Jan 26, 2016)
Burning bright (Jan 23, 2016)
Eka Kurniawan, enfant des mythes (Nov 12, 2015)
Eka Kurniawan: Indonesia’s most exciting author (Nov 04, 2015)
Eka Kurniawan Lights Up Indonesian Corner of World Literature Scene (Sep 17, 2015)
Interview: Eka Kurniawan on “Beauty Is a Wound” (Aug 31, 2015)
Eka Kurniawan a successor to Indonesia’s greatest writer, Pramoedya Ananta Toer (Aug 22, 2015)
A Q&A with Eka Kurniawan (Aug 19, 2015)
Eka’s korean Breakthrough (Jul 26, 2015)
Eka Kurniawan: A Quixotic Journey Through Indonesian History and Myth (Jul 10, 2015)

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Annie Tucker on Translating Eka Kurniawan (Sep 09, 2013)
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