Eka Kurniawan

«Eka Kurniawan is in many ways a literary child of Günter Grass, Gabriel García Márquez, and Salman Rushdie» ("The New York Review of Books"). Considered to be one of the most promising Indonesian writers of his generation, Kurniawan was born in Tasikmalaya in 1975 and graduated in Philosophy from the Gadjah Mada University of Yogyakarta. He has worked as a journalist and designer, and over the course of a decade, he has released short story collections and novels which have been highly acclaimed outside of his home country. He owes his international fame to "Man Tiger" and the English translation which was released in 2015; a novel which has been compared to classics such as "One Hundred Years of Solitude". and starts from a heinous murder before tackling magic, sexual impulses and ancestral legends that survive to the present day. In works such as "Vengeance is Mine" and "Beauty is a Wound", Kurniawan's style moves further towards pulp, the grotesque and the supernatural. In 2016, he won the Emerging Voices FT/Oppenheimer Fund Award and World Readers Awards, he was also a finalist at the Man Booker International Prize.

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