Indonesian author Eka Kurniawan was awarded the inaugural World Readers’ Award for his critically acclaimed novel, “Cantik Itu Luka” (“Beauty Is a Wound”), which was translated into English last year.
The award was initiated by Asia Pacific Writers’ and Translators’ Association — whose members consist of writers, translators, publishers, literary scholars and creative writing teachers across the region — with a mission to expand the diversity of books normally awarded in other international book prizes.
“We organized a price which involved a much wider range of people, including book readers in general — we also had a voting section in which anyone could nominate a book,” the organizers said in a statement.
Presented on Tuesday (22/03) in Hong Kong, the award recognizes Eka’s novel as “an extraordinary work that grips you from its electrifying first line: ‘One afternoon on a weekend in March, Dewi Ayu rose from her grave after being dead for 21 years.'”