Eka Kurniawan

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Eka Kurniawan
Eka Kurniawan
Eka Kurniawan
Born (1975-11-28) November 28, 1975 (age 45)
Tasikmalaya, West Java
Occupation
  • Author
  • screenwriter
Alma materUniversitas Gadjah Mada
Period1999–present
SpouseRatih Kumala (m. 2006)

Eka Kurniawan (born November 28, 1975) is an Indonesian writer and screenwriter.

In 2016, Kurniawan became the first Indonesian writer to be nominated for the prestigious Man Booker International Prize.[1]

Early life[edit]

He was born in Tasikmalaya, West Java, and grew up in a small coastal town Pangandaran. He studied philosophy at Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta. Kurniawan currently lives in Jakarta.[2] He writes novels, short stories, movie scripts, and blog, as well as essays. His works are translated into more than 24 languages.

Career[edit]

His novel, Beauty Is a Wound, was included in the list of 100 notable books by The New York Times. The use of magic realism in the book has led to comparisons to Gabriel García Márquez. Kurniawan has insisted that Beauty Is a Wound is neither a historical novel nor a book about Indonesian history. Kurniawan's style of "approaching social concerns at an angle rather than head-on, with hefty doses of surrealism and wry humour" also draws comparisons to Haruki Murakami.[3] He has been described as "Indonesia’s finest writer since Pramoedya Ananta Toer"[4] and "Indonesia's most exciting author."[5]

In 2016, Palari Films announced a film adaptation of Kurniawan's book Vengeance Is Mine, All Others Pay Cash to be directed by Edwin, who will also co-write the screenplay with Kurniawan.[6] The film is expected to get a 2021 release.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Kurniawan is married to fellow writer and screenwriter Ratih Kumala.

Bibliography[edit]

Year Book Publisher Notes
1999 Pramoedya Ananta Toer dan Sastra Realisme Sosialis Aksara Indonesia
Gramedia Pustaka Utama
Non-fiction
2000 Corat-Coret di Toilet Aksara Indonesia Short stories
2002 Cantik Itu Luka Jendela
Gramedia Pustaka Utama
2004 Lelaki Harimau Gramedia Pustaka Utama
2005 Gelak Sedih dan Cerita-Cerita Lainnya Short stories
2005 Cinta Tak Ada Mati dan Cerita-Cerita Lainnya
2010 Kumpulan Budak Setan Co-author
2014 Seperti Dendam, Rindu Harus Dibayar Tuntas
2015 Perempuan Patah Hati yang Kembali Menemukan Cinta Melalui Mimpi Short stories
2016 O

English translations[edit]

Year Book Publisher Translator(s) Original title
2015 Beauty Is a Wound New Directions Annie Tucker Cantik Itu Luka
2015 Man Tiger Verso Books Labodalih Sembiring Lelaki Harimau
2017 Vengeance Is Mine, All Others Pay Cash New Directions Annie Tucker Seperti Dendam, Rindu Harus Dibayar Tuntas
2019 Kitchen Curse Verso Books Benedict Anderson, Maggie Tiojakin, Tiffany Tsao, and Annie Tucker Translation of short stories collection

Filmography[edit]

Year Book Credit Directed by
2021 Vengeance Is Mine, All Others Pay Cash Screenwriter Edwin

Accolades[edit]

Year Award Work Result Ref.
2005 Kusala Khatulistiwa Literary Award for Fiction Cinta Tak Ada Mati dan Cerita-Cerita Lainnya Longlisted [8]
2014 Seperti Dendam, Rindu Harus Dibayar Tuntas Shortlisted [9][10]
2015 Foreign Policy's Global Thinkers of 2015 Himself Won [11]
IKAPI Award for Book of the Year Lelaki Harimau Won [12]
Kusala Khatulistiwa Literary Award for Fiction Perempuan Patah Hati yang Kembali Menemukan Cinta Melalui Mimpi Shortlisted [13]
Indonesian Readers Award for Best Fiction Writer Shortlisted [14]
2016 World Readers Award Beauty Is a Wound Won [15]
International Booker Prize Longlisted [16]
Best Translated Book Award Longlisted [17]
Financial Times/OppenheimerFunds Emerging Voices Fiction Award Man Tiger Longlisted [18]
Indonesian Readers Award for Best Fiction Cover Lelaki Harimau Shortlisted [19]
Kusala Khatulistiwa Literary Award for Fiction O Shortlisted [20]
2018 Prince Claus Award Himself Won [21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rondonuwu, Olivia (April 14, 2016). "High hopes for Indonesian author vying for Man Booker glory". Taipei Times. Agence France Presse. Retrieved April 15, 2016.
  2. ^ Downes, Meghan (July 12, 2019). "Found in Translation". Bijdragen tot de Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde. 175 (2–3): 177–195. doi:10.1163/22134379-17502019. ISSN 0006-2294.
  3. ^ "Burning bright". The Economist. Retrieved April 17, 2017.
  4. ^ "The secrets of Indonesia's finest novelist". The Economist. July 13, 2017. Retrieved July 14, 2017.
  5. ^ "Eka Kurniawan: Indonesia's most exciting author". Retrieved January 24, 2020.
  6. ^ Maullana, Irfan (May 10, 2016). "Seperti Dendam, Rindu Harus Dibayar Tuntas" Diangkat ke Layar Lebar". Kompas.com. Retrieved February 4, 2021.
  7. ^ JawaPos.com (November 5, 2020). "Film 'Seperti Dendam, Rindu Harus Dibayar Tuntas' Siap Tayang 2021". JawaPos.com (in Indonesian). Retrieved February 3, 2021.
  8. ^ "Cinta Tak Ada Mati". www.goodreads.com. Retrieved February 3, 2021.
  9. ^ Lampung, Teras (November 17, 2014). "Inilah Lima Besar Kusala Sastra Khatulistiwa 2014". Teraslampung.com (in Indonesian). Retrieved February 3, 2021.
  10. ^ Administrator (November 21, 2014). "Peraih Kusala Sastra Khatulistiwa 2014 - Seni - koran.tempo.co". Tempo (in Indonesian). Retrieved February 3, 2021.
  11. ^ "The Leading Global Thinkers of 2015 - Foreign Policy". Retrieved January 23, 2016.
  12. ^ "IKAPI AWARDS | Indonesian" (in Indonesian). Retrieved February 3, 2021.
  13. ^ "Perempuan Patah Hati yang Kembali Menemukan Cinta Melalui Mimpi". www.goodreads.com. Retrieved February 3, 2021.
  14. ^ "Perempuan Patah Hati yang Kembali Menemukan Cinta Melalui Mimpi". www.goodreads.com. Retrieved February 3, 2021.
  15. ^ "Eka Kurniawan wins inaugural World Readers Award with Beauty Is A Wound | The Star". www.thestar.com.my. Retrieved February 3, 2021.
  16. ^ "The Man Booker International Prize 2016 Longlist Announced". Retrieved July 30, 2016.
  17. ^ "Three Percent: 2016 BTBA Fiction Longlist". Retrieved July 30, 2016.
  18. ^ "Eka Kurniawan, winner, Emerging Voices 2016 Fiction Award — FT.com". Retrieved October 2, 2016.
  19. ^ "Lelaki Harimau". www.goodreads.com. Retrieved February 3, 2021.
  20. ^ Agnes, Tia. "Ini 5 Besar Kusala Sastra Khatulistiwa 2016". detikhot (in Indonesian). Retrieved February 3, 2021.
  21. ^ "Prince Claus Awards, Meet Our Laureates". Retrieved September 8, 2018.

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