High hopes for Indonesian author vying for Man Booker glory

High hopes for Indonesian author vying for Man Booker glory

Great expectations weigh on Eka Kurniawan, the first Indonesian ever nominated for a Man Booker International PrizeAlready compared to literary heavyweights Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Haruki Murakami, great expectations weigh on Eka Kurniawan, the first Indonesian ever nominated for a Man Booker International Prize. The 40-year-old is up against revered writers like Orhan Pamuk and Kenzaburo Oe, both past recipients of the Nobel Prize in Literature, but there is a growing buzz about the works of this little known author. Despite this, Kurniawan says his inclusion on the longlist for the prestigious award, for “Man Tiger” — the story of a young man who gnaws his elderly neighbour to death — came as a “surprise”.

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