“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”.
Tulisan Anna Soler-Pont, dari Pontas Agency mengenai sejarah “pertemuan” kami, diterbitkan di edisi pertama Publishing Perspectives untuk Frankfurt Book Fair.