Nuril writes tragicomedy in the form of autofiction, bildungsroman, and offbeat stories. His characters range from being very lonely to subtly eccentric, often exploring queer themes. His works have been translated into English, French, German and Malay. Published works include: Not A Virgin (2017), Gula, Gula, Gula (2022), Love, Lies and Indomee (2019), etc. His upcoming novel The Sewer Rat will be first published in French under the title Le Rat d'egout in 2023.
Nuril's talent has been recognized by several prestigous grants, including one from the National Book Committee of Indonesia, which allowed him to complete a residency in the U.K. in 2017. He also received a grant from the Robert Bosch Foundation and The Literarisches Colloquium Berlin to conduct research for a novel in Germany. In 2022, he was awarded a scholarship to the AIR Litteratur program held by the Vastra Gotaland region as part of Gothenburg UNESCO city of literature to write his novel in Sweden. He finds humour in everyday life and is inspired by the moon.
Nuril was born in West Java, Indonesia, and raised in a staunchly Islamic community as a farmer. He has held various jobs, from cashier at a mini market to a waiter on a cruise ship sailing to Antarctica. He was even a mystery shopper and a secretary for a policeman.
Nuril is currently working on a draft from his 117 days journey 'on the road', exploring his identity as a human, fluid and Indonesian, experiencing and observing cities and people from Sweden to Sahara with only a few pennies in his pocket.
pictures © Keanuril Basreeves, 2022, for Morocco chapter