Eka Kurniawan

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Eka Kurniawan (born in November 28, 1975) is an Indonesian writer and graphic designer.

He was born in Tasikmalaya, West Java, and grown up in a small coastal town Pangandaran. He studied philosophy at Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta. He writes novels, short stories, movie scripts, and blog, as well as essays. His works are translated into more than 24 languages. His novel, Beauty is a Wound, was included in the list of 100 notable books by The New York Times.

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

Awards and honours[edit]

  • 2015 Foreign Policy's Global Thinkers of 2015 "for pinning Indonesian literature on the map."[2]
  • 2015 IKAPI (id)'s Book of the Year for Man Tiger.
  • 2016 World Readers' Award for Beauty Is a Wound.[3]

List of Works[edit]

  • Cantik Itu Luka (2002). Yogyakarta: AKYPress & Penerbit Jendela. Reissued, 2004, Jakarta: Gramedia Pustaka Utama.
  • Lelaki Harimau (2004). Jakarta: Gramedia Pustaka Utama.
  • Seperti Dendam, Rindu Harus Dibayar Tuntas (2014). Jakarta: Gramedia Pustaka Utama.
  • O (2016). Jakarta: Gramedia Pustaka Utama.
Short Stories
  • Corat-coret di Toilet (2000). Yogyakarta: Yayasan Aksara Indonesia. Reissued 2014, Jakarta: Gramedia Pustaka Utama.
  • Gelak Sedih dan Cerita-cerita Lainnya (2005). Jakarta: Gramedia Pustaka Utama.
  • Cinta Tak Ada Mati dan Cerita-cerita Lainnya (2005). Jakarta: Gramedia Pustaka Utama.
  • Kumpulan Budak Setan (2010, with Intan Paramaditha and Ugoran Prasad). Jakarta: Gramedia Pustaka Utama.
  • Perempuan Patah Hati yang Kembali Menemukan Cinta Melalui Mimpi (2015). Yogyakarta: Bentang Pustaka.
Non Fiction

English Translations[edit]

  • Beauty Is a Wound (2015, US, New Directions Publishing).[4] Translated by Annie Tucker.
  • Beauty Is a Wound (2015, ANZ, Text Publishing).[5] Translated by Annie Tucker.
  • Beauty Is a Wound (2016, Indian Subcontinent, Speaking Tiger).[6] Translated by Annie Tucker.
  • Beauty Is a Wound (2016, UK, Pushkin Press).[7] Translated by Annie Tucker.
  • Man Tiger (2015, Verso Books).[8] Translated by Labodalih Sembiring.
  • Man Tiger (2016, Indian Subcontinent, Speaking Tiger). Translated by Labodalih Sembiring.
  • Love and Vengeance (Working Title). Upcoming 2017, published by New Directions Books (US), Text Publishing (ANZ) and Pushkin Press (UK).[9] Translated by Annie Tucker.


  1. ^ Rondonuwu, Olivia (14 April 2016). "High hopes for Indonesian author vying for Man Booker glory". Taipei Times. Agence France Presse. Retrieved 15 April 2016. 
  2. ^ "The Leading Global Thinkers of 2015 - Foreign Policy". Retrieved 2016-01-23. 
  3. ^ "Author Eka Kurniawan Receives Inaugural World Readers' Award - Jakarta Globe". Retrieved 2016-03-25. 
  4. ^ "New Directions Publishing Company - Beauty Is a Wound". New Directions Publishing Company. Retrieved 2016-01-23. 
  5. ^ "Beauty Is a Wound, book by Eka Kurniawan - Text Publishing". Text Publishing. Retrieved 2016-02-13. 
  6. ^ "Beauty Is a Wound". Speaking Tiger. Retrieved 2016-02-13. 
  7. ^ "Beauty Is a Wound". Pushkin Press. Retrieved 2016-02-13. 
  8. ^ "VersoBooks.com". www.versobooks.com. Retrieved 2016-01-23. 
  9. ^ "Love and Vengeance". Pontas Agency. Retrieved 2016-01-23. 

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