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Beauty Is a Wound - Bill Tucker And Annie Berry, Eka Kurniawan
Beauty Is a Wound
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The English-language debut of Indonesia's rising star. The epic novel Beauty Is a Wound combines history, satire, family tragedy, legend, humor, and romance in a sweeping polyphony. The beautiful Indo prostitute Dewi Ayu and her four daughters are beset by incest, murder, bestiality, rape,... show more
The English-language debut of Indonesia's rising star. The epic novel Beauty Is a Wound combines history, satire, family tragedy, legend, humor, and romance in a sweeping polyphony. The beautiful Indo prostitute Dewi Ayu and her four daughters are beset by incest, murder, bestiality, rape, insanity, monstrosity, and the often vengeful undead. Kurniawan’s gleefully grotesque hyperbole functions as a scathing critique of his young nation’s troubled past:the rapacious offhand greed of colonialism; the chaotic struggle for independence; the 1965 mass murders of perhaps a million “Communists,” followed by three decades of Suharto’s despotic rule.      Beauty Is a Wound astonishes from its opening line: One afternoon on a weekend in May, Dewi Ayu rose from her grave after being dead for twenty-one years....  Drawing on local sources―folk tales and the all-night shadow puppet plays, with their bawdy wit and epic scope―and inspired by Melville and Gogol, Kurniawan’s distinctive voice brings something luscious yet astringent to contemporary literature.
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780811223638 (0811223639)
ASIN: 0811223639
Publisher: New Directions
Pages no: 384
Edition language: English
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2.0 Maybe I might have liked this better if I had more knowledge on Indonesia?
When I heard about this book, I was intrigued about reading a book that takes place at a very tumultuous time in Indonesian history (from pre-World War II though its independence plus the aftermath). It sounded like a grand epic that would be perfect for a weekend of reading and initially I was draw...
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