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Eka Kurniawan


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

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