Cool Stuff, In English

This is an excerpt from Beauty Is a Wound in Traditional Chinese:

傳說有個名叫倫嘉妮斯的公主十分美麗,見了她的人都願意為她而死。馬曼根登一晚醒來,覺得他為了得到那樣的女人,願意和任何人一戰,於是一一搖醒他的手下,問他們倫嘉妮斯公主住在哪。他們答道,當然是在哈里蒙達啊,坐著獨木舟沿海岸往西划,就會到達。

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倫嘉妮斯公主的傳說:《美傷》

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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.



Adding Light to the Sum of Light

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“If Mr Eka feels burdened by other people’s expectations, he does not show it. Small, slight and bespectacled, with a thoughtful elfin manner and a ready grin, he looks perhaps half his age, and chats freely and easily, without any apparent writerly agony.”

LOL. That’s me, a profile by Jon Fasman from The Economist, “Burning Bright”.



Burning Bright, A Profile from The Enconomist

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Following Beauty Is a Wound (2015) and Man Tiger (2015), my third novel Seperti Dendam, Rindu Harus Dibayar Tuntas (originally, 2014) will be available in English-translation (tr. Annie Tucker, expected Spring 2017). The book sold to three publishing houses for three different territories: New Directions (US and Canada), Pushkin Press (UK, Comm. exl Canada and ANZ), and Text Publishing (ANZ). At the same time, Pushkin Press acquired Beauty Is a Wound for UK, while Speaking Tiger will publish it for Indian sub-continent market (which bring the total count up to 27 publishers, in 23 languages).



Seperti Dendam, English Translation

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“It may be cheating to include two novels by one author, but there is no doubt that the year’s most important revelation-in-translation is Eka Kurniawan, whose searing works of so-called magical realism set in Indonesia should not be missed by any reader, especially those who are unafraid of sex and violence. If you’re tired of rereading Gogol and Dostoevsky, turn to Kurniawan instead.”

Beauty Is a Wound and Man Tiger are among Flavorwire’s The Best Fiction 2015.



The Best Fiction 2015, Flavorwire

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