Beauty Is a Wound

Eka Kurniawan



The epic novel Beauty Is a Wound combines history, satire, family tragedy, legend, humor and romance in a sweeping saga. The novel begins with the Japanese occupation of Indonesia, then a Dutch colony, at the time of World War II.

The beautiful half-Dutch, half-Indonesian prostitute Dewy Aye 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, Dewy Aye 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.

Language English
ISBN-10 9385755684
ISBN-13 9789385755682
No of pages 470
Font Size Medium
Book Publisher Speaking Tiger Books
Published Date 12 Feb 2016

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Author : Eka Kurniawan


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