The Jakarta Post
Author Eka Kurniawan during the launch of his novel 'O' on Sunday, March 13, 2016 in Jakarta. (The Jakarta Post/Wienda Parwitasari)
Indonesian author Eka Kurniawan's debut novel Cantik itu Luka (Beauty is a Wound, or Les belles de Halimunda in French) has been included in France’s Prix Médicis 2017 literary awards list.
The winners of the awards are set to be announced in November.
According to French literary magazine ActuaLitté, the novel is listed in the foreign literature category alongside titles from different countries, namely The Mother (Le Coeur battant de nos mères) by American writer Brit Bennett and Greek Lessons (Leçons grec) by Korean writer Han Kang.
First published in Indonesia in 2002, Cantik Itu Luka combines the country’s dark episodes with traditional folklore and myths. So far it has also been translated into Arabic, Dutch and Japanese.
Eka himself has received recognition in the 2015 Foreign Policy’s Global Thinkers, IKAPI’s Book of the Year 2015 (for Man Tiger), World Readers’ Award 2016 (for Beauty is a Wound) and Financial Times/OppenheimerFunds Emerging Voices Awards 2016 (for Man Tiger). (kes)