9th Ave: Center for the Art of Translation presents Eka Kurniawan

Thursday, September 17, 2015 - 7:30pm

This event will be held at our 9th Ave. store.




The Center for the Art of Translation presents 


Eka Kurniawan and translator Annie Tucker in conversation with Olivia Sears


Considered by many to be Indonesia's greatest novelist, Kurniawan will discuss Beauty is a Wound (New Directions) and Man Tiger (Verso), both published on the same day.


For more on Kurniawan, see Publishers Weekly profile in their Writers to Watch feature.



Praise for Eka Kurniawan:


"An awesome achievement." -- The San Francisco Chronicle


"This is an astounding, momentous book." -- Publishers Weekly *starred review* of Beauty is a Wound


"Biting and beautiful … This wild and enthralling novel manages to entertain while offering readers insight into the traditions of a little-known South East Asian culture. Kurniawan has officially put the West on notice." —Publishers Weekly, *starred review* of Man Tiger


"Without a doubt the most original, imaginatively profound, and elegant writer of fiction in Indonesia today: its brightest and most unexpected meteorite. Pramoedya Ananta Toer has found a successor." -- Benedict Anderson, The New Left Review


"A vivacious translation of a comic but emotionally powerful Indonesian novel." -- PEN America on Beauty is a Wound




About Beauty is a Wound:


Beauty Is a Wound astonishes from its opening line: One afternoon on a weekend in May, Dewi Ayu rose from her grave after being dead for twenty-one years.... Drawing on local sources folk tales and the all-night shadow puppet plays, with their bawdy wit and epic scope and inspired by Melville and Gogol, Kurniawan's distinctive voice brings something luscious yet astringent to contemporary literature.


About Man Tiger:


After half a century, writes renowned Indonesia scholar Benedict Anderson, Pramaoedya Ananta Toer has found a successor. Eka Kurniawan has been described as the brightest meteorite in Indonesia's new literary firmament, the author of two remarkable novels whose sheer beauty, elegance, cosmopolitanism, and ambition have brought comparisons not only to Pramaoedya, universally considered Indonesia's modern literary genius, but also to Salman Rushdie, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and Mark Twain. 

A new generation of young literary figures in Indonesia, emerging after decades of repressive dictatorship ended in 1998, is renewing the culture of the world's largest Muslim nation (and its language, which was only nationally instituted in 1945). Kurniawan's "Beauty Is a Wound" and "Man Tiger" are the capstones of this movement. A slim, wry story set in an unnamed town near the Indian Ocean, "Man Tiger" tells the story of two interlinked and tormented families, and of Margio, an ordinary half-city, half-rural youngster who also happens to be half-man, half-supernatural female white tiger (in many parts of Indonesia, magical tigers protect good villages and families). 

At once elegant and bawdy, experimental and political, "Man Tiger" will help to establish Indonesia's new voice, underrepresented in world literature, while demonstrating the influence of world literature on Indonesian writers.



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Beauty Is a Wound By Eka Kurniawan, Annie Tucker (Translated by) Cover Image
By Eka Kurniawan, Annie Tucker (Translated by)
ISBN: 9780811223638
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Published: New Directions - September 8th, 2015

The English-language debut of Indonesia's rising star.

Man Tiger: A Novel By Eka Kurniawan, Benedict Anderson (Introduction by), Labodalih Sembiring (Translated by) Cover Image
By Eka Kurniawan, Benedict Anderson (Introduction by), Labodalih Sembiring (Translated by)
ISBN: 9781781688595
Availability: NOT on our shelves now. Usually ships from warehouse in several days.
Published: Verso - September 15th, 2015

An unforgettable tale of literary magical realism from a critically acclaimed Indonesian writer who has been compared to Salman Rushdie, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and Mark Twain