Author Eka Kurniawan has been compared to literary heavyweights Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Haruki Marukami, and is the first Indonesian nominated for a Man Book International Prize. Photo: AFP

‘Semen, blood and excrement’: the Indonesian novel that’s like story-telling on acid

Prize-winning author Eka Kurniawan’s latest novel Beauty is a Wound isn’t for the squeamish – but his writing is ‘the real thing’

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Author Eka Kurniawan has been compared to literary heavyweights Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Haruki Marukami, and is the first Indonesian nominated for a Man Book International Prize. Photo: AFP
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