Hailed as a Southeast Asian Gabriel Garcia Marquez for the exuberant beauty of his prose and the darkly comic surrealism of his stories, Eka Kurniawan is the first Indonesian writer to be nominated for a Man Booker International Prize. Here is his first collection of short stories to be translated into English. A man captures a caronang, a strange, intelligent dog that walks upright, and brings it home, only to provoke an all-too-human outcome. A girl plots against a witch doctor whose crimes against her are, infuriatingly, like any other man's. Stories explore the turbulent dreams of an ex-prostitute, a perpetual student, victims of anti-communist genocide, an elephant, a stone. Dark, sexual, scatalogical, violent, and mordantly funny, these fractured fables span city and country, animal and human, myth and politics.
Number of Pages: 320
Publication Date: 1 Oct 2019
Publisher: Verso Books
Publication City, Country: London, United Kingdom
Dimensions (cm): 23.4(H) x 15.3(L)
Author BiographyOscar Martinez writes for ElFaro.net, the first online newspaper in Latin America. El Faro was awarded in 2016 the Gabriel Garcia Marquez Prize for Excellence in Journalism. He is the author of The Beast and A History of Violence. Juan Jose Martinez is a sociocultural anthropologist from Universidad Nacional de El Salvador. He has studied violence and gangs since 2008. He has been a lecturer at Universidad Monica Herrera and has worked as a consultant for several institutions such as Action on Armed Violence, UNICEF, Soleterre and American University.