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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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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.

Interview, Electronic Literature

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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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“Refreshingly, Kurniawan puts value on literature as entertainment, and his books are certainly that.” A [Man Tiger] review by Deborah Smith, The Guardian.

“Kurniawan’s prose holds an often-leashed power much like the tiger inside Margio; he can stun with a single sentence, like the crackling opening line of the novel or its heart-thudding concluding one.” Another [Man Tiger] review by Claire Fallon, The Huffington Post.

And from Chicago Tribune, John Domini reviewing [Beauty Is a Wound]: “A gifted writer can always freshen up a cliché, and Eka Kurniawan has the gift.”

Man Tiger, The Guardian & The Huffington Post

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