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“No matter how serious your theme, the work should be entertaining.”

My conversation with Shreya Ila Anasuya for Scroll.in.

God and ghost? In many ways, they are similar, right? Except that people tend to believe that God created the world, including ghosts. We have funny words in Indonesia: ‘Tuhan’ for God and ‘Hantu’ for ghost. If you recite ‘Tuhan’ continuously, in the end, you can hear ‘Hantu’.

“Reading Suharto, Quran, Mahabharata and Ramayana”, The Indian Express

Giovanni aka Ipang: Mas Eka, saya ingin membuat photo essay tentang Mas Eka, tentang kehidupan sehari-hari Mas Eka. Saya bukanlah seorang fotografer profesional, cuma seorang yang punya passion di fotografi.

Dengan sangat menyesal, saya tak bisa memenuhinya. Sebagai penulis, jika berkenan sila membaca tulisan saya yang sudah terbit. Kehidupan pribadi saya, kehidupan sehari-hari saya, sangatlah tidak penting untuk kebanyakan orang. Biarlah itu menjadi milik saya sendiri, yang saya bagi cuma dengan sedikit orang.

(dari Tanya dan Jawab)

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?’

Dua resensi Schoonheid is een vloek (Cantik Itu Luka) diterjemahkan dengan baik hati oleh Joss Wibisono dari dua koran Belanda: “Tjantik itu luka mengandung ramuan chusus” (oleh Wim Bossema, de Volkskrant), dan “Eka Kurniawan mengikuti djedjak Rushdie dan Márquez” (oleh Emilia Menkveld, Trouw).

“My books are my love letters”, Q&A with Stevie Emilia from The Jakarta Post, paper edition.

The society tends to simplify it as “magical realism,” just because of how it shows up, both fantastically and realistically. We rarely identify Kafka as a magical realist writer, despite the fact there are many fantastic elements in his works. And why are the comic characters from DC and Marvel not called magical realism, even though they have plenty of fantastic elements? The magic aspects in my novel are influenced by horror and silat (Indonesian martial art) novels of the 1970s. Beauty Is a Wound is quite tricky, as it’s difficult to put it in one genre. Classifying it as “magic realism” would be easier for people to figure it out.

Read my conversation with Electronic Literature.


“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”.

“I am frequently haunted by the characters I haven’t written yet.”

Jesse Ruddock interviewed me for BOMB Magazine.

Enfant des mythes


A profile from Le Monde.

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