‘Indonesia is a country that comes from blood’

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About Eka Kurniawan,
Written by Nur Asyiqin Mohamad Salleh, and was originally published in The Straits Times,
Jun 12, 2016

Indonesian writer Eka Kurniawan's reverse whodunnit mixes murder mystery with family drama and myth and was nominated for the Man Booker International Prize. Eka Kurniawan made literary history this year as the first Indonesian author nominated for the Man Booker International Prize. But Man Tiger, the novel that won him a coveted spot on the list, was almost not to be. "I wanted to write this narrative journalistic novel on a murder in my hometown Pangandaran, but I got a little bit lazy and gave up," says the 40-year-old with a laugh over the telephone from Jakarta, where he now lives.

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