Eka Kurniawan: A modest literary star

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Written by Sebastian Partogi, and was originally published in Jakarta Post,
Nov 09, 2020

It is fair to say that Indonesian author Eka Kurniawan is a modest literary star. He has gained more public attention since the English version of his novel Lelaki Harimau (Man Tiger) was longlisted for the 2016 Man Booker Prize. In 2019, he won the Prince Claus Award in the literary category. His works have been translated into 35 languages. When interviewed virtually on the sidelines of KEMBALI 2020: A Rebuild Bali Festival, Eka talked in simple words, conveying his ideas in a very soft-spoken and relaxed manner, while peppering his answers with playful jokes here and there.

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