Eka Kurniawan


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Pontas Agency: “Two more deals for Beauty Is A Wound: Bromera (Catalan) and Euromedia/Odeon (Czech). These new deals bring up the total count to 35 international publishers, a truly record-breaking number for an Indonesian (and South East Asian) author in recent years! Learn more: http://www.pontas-agency.com/…/eka-kurni…/beauty-is-a-wound/.”

PS: Another deal for Man Tiger, Simplified Chinese translation right acquired by Imaginist.

My essay about sending my daughter to school, for The Guardian: The most loaded question in Jakarta: ‘What school would you like to go to?’

In case you can read, here is my interview in Polish: “Eka Kurniawan: jesteśmy dziedzicami wszystkiego, co zostało zrobione przez naszych przodków”. Beauty Is a Wound in Polish translation just released by Wydawnictwo Literackie. They will publish my second novel Man Tiger next year.

Kolomnis Karim Raslan (dikenal terutama melalui kolom yang kemudian menjadi buku Ceritalah Malaysia dan Ceritalah Indonesia), menulis tentang novel Cantik Itu Luka di kolom terbarunya. Bisa dibaca dalam versi bahasa Inggris dan bahasa Indonesia.


Told in short, cinematic bursts, Vengeance Is Mine, All Others Pay Cash is gloriously pulpy. Ajo Kawir, a lower-class Javanese teenage boy excited about sex, likes to spy on fellow villagers in flagrante, but one night he ends up witnessing the savage rape of a beautiful crazy woman by two policemen. Deeply traumatized, he becomes impotent. His efforts to get his virility back all fail, and Ajo Kawir turns to fighting as a way to vent his frustrations. He gets such a fearsome reputation as a brawler that he is hired to kill a thug named The Tiger, but instead Ajo Kawir falls in love with Iteung, a gorgeous female bodyguard who works for the local mafia. Alas, the course of true love never did run smooth… Fast-forward a decade. Now a truck driver, Ajo Kawir has reached a new equanimity, thinking that his penis may be trying to teach him a lesson and even consulting it in many situations as if it were his guru—love may yet triumph.

Vengeance Is Mine, All Others Pay Cash shows Eka Kurniawan in a gritty, comic, pungent mode that fans of Quentin Tarantino will appreciate. But even with its liberal peppering of fights, high-speed car chases, and ladies heaving with desire, the novel continues to explore Kurniawan’s familiar themes of female agency in a violent male world dominated by petty criminals and a corrupt police state.

Expected publication: July 25th 2017 by New Directions. Pre-order here.

Sutradara Postcard From the Zoo, Edwin akan mengadaptasi novel Eka Kurniawan, Seperti Dendam, Rindu Harus Dibayar Tuntas ke dalam film panjang. Proyek film ini baru saja memenangkan Busan Award di Asian Project Market (APM) yang mempertemukan pembuat film dengan pendana, investor film, dan pembeli film dari berbagai negara. – Rolling Stone Indonesia

Skjønnhet er et Sår is Norwegian edition of Cantik Itu Luka. Published by Pax Forlag, translated by Hedda Vormeland.

Buat teman-teman di Padang, akhir pekan ini, 12 dan 13 Agustus 2016, saya akan ada di sana. Ada dua acara: satu seminar di Gedung Perpustakaan Sumatera Barat (cuma-cuma, tapi harus registrasi),


dan ngobrol santai di Rimbun Espresso & Brew Bar.


Yuk ketemu dan ngobrolin 5 buku asyik di Aksara, Kemang. Buku-buku yang menurut saya telah ikut mewarnai lanskap kesusastraan kontemporer. 21 Agustus 2016, 11-13 WIB. Dipandu Zen Hae. 

Beauty Is a Wound serves as a crash course in contemporary Indonesian history since most of us know little about the country beyond Bali. And it is an oral history lesson well told; with all the folk ribaldry and dry humour that one associates with the rootedness of the vernacular. Indonesia offers a number of things familiar to Indians.” A review by Satyabrat Sinha, The Wire.

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