Vengeance Is Mine, All Others Pay Cash (translated by Annie Tucker) is one of Readings‘ “The most anticipated books of 2017”. My third novel will be published this year by New Directions (US), Pushkin Press (UK), Text Publishing (ANZ) and Speaking Tiger (India).
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
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?’
Khusus yang ini untukmu, Ben Anderson. Kau bahagia di sana, Kawan!
- “Eka Kurniawan Raih Penghargaan ‘FT/OppenheimerFunds Emerging Voices'”
- “Eka Kurniawan, winner, Emerging Voices 2016 Fiction Award”
“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.
“Annie Tucker’s skilful translation captures Kurniawan’s matter-of-fact prose and black humour. Elements of the supernatural and oral storytelling combine powerfully to evoke a brutal past and some of the pivotal events that helped shape Indonesia today.” Review of Beauty Is a Wound and Man Tiger by Lucy Popescu, The Financial Times.
“With remarkable skill, Eka tells a story about animals and human beings arguing about the existence of God, religion and our fate.” O review from The Jakarta Post by Elysa Ng.
Schoonheid is een vloek (Dutch version of Cantik Itu Luka) review from NRC Handelsblad.
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).