The year 2015 has seen Indonesia become the surprise darling of the international literary world. In October, the country was the guest of honour at the annual Frankfurt Book Fair, with 75 authors representing the world’s largest archipelago at the world’s largest book fair. The star attraction was Eka Kurniawan, generating plenty of buzz thanks to the 2015 English-language release of his book Cantik Itu Luka, known to English readers as Beauty Is a Wound. Later in the same month, Kurniawan was a headline artist at Ubud Writers and Readers Festival in Bali. Publishers Weekly has listed Beauty Is a Wound as one their best books of the year, while glowing reviews have also popped up in the New Yorker and O magazine.
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[First published on The Wheeler Centre website, 10 December 2015]