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The Indonesian writer Eka Kurniawan won the $40,000 prize for best novel at the second FT/OppenheimerFunds Emerging Voices awards in New York on Monday. Kurniawan won the award for his novel Man Tiger.
The awards attracted nearly 800 entries, with the winners selected by judging panels that included Elif Shafak, the Turkish writer and commentator, Iwona Blazwick, director of London’s Whitechapel Gallery, and Mira Nair, the Indian director of Salaam Mumbai! and, most recently, Queen of Katwe.
Lionel Barber, Financial Times editor, said: “The Emerging Voices awards reflect both the FT’s deep interest in the newly emerging economies and our longstanding commitment to encouraging and reporting on the arts. With these awards, we aim to recognise outstanding talent in these countries, but also to bring their work to the attention of our readers and a wider public.”
Kurniawan’s novel, the story of a young man possessed by the spirit of a supernatural female white tiger, won international acclaim when it was published in an English translation by Labodalih Sembiring. The FT review said of Kurniawan’s work: “It’s easy to see why he is being compared to Gabriel García Márquez and hailed as one of the leading lights of contemporary Indonesian fiction.”
Nyandoro has said he finds inspiration for his paper-on-canvas works from Harare’s local markets.
Campolina won the film award for her enigmatic work Solon, which she described as “the encounter of a mysterious creature with a devastated landscape” inspired by her upbringing in the hills of the mining region of Minas Gerais in Brazil.