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    Beauty is a Wound (English, Paperback, Eka Kurniawan)

    Beauty is a Wound  (English, Paperback, Eka Kurniawan)

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    • Language: English
    • Binding: Paperback
    • Publisher: Speaking Tiger
    • ISBN: 9789385755682, 9385755684
    • Edition: 1, 2016
    • Pages: 480
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    The epic novel beauty is a wound combines history, satire, family tragedy, legend, humour 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 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.

    About the Author

    Eka Kurniawan was born in Tasikmalaya, Indonesia, in 1975 and graduated from Faculty of Philosophy, Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta. He writes novels and short stories, as well as non-fiction pieces.
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      • 2016
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    Beauty is a Wound

    Beauty is a Wound is a 2002 book written by Indonesian writer Eka Kurniawan. It's a book that shouts CRAZY from the word go and goes on into a roller coaster ride. It combines prostitutes, ghosts, magic realism, and love stories all put together in a swirling cocktail which is set against a background of Indonesia’s tumultuous past.

    The story moves on to a multitude of characters and character background stories which are intricately fleshed out and runs around with the speed of a river gus...
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    Sudhir Nair

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    26 Apr, 2016

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    Beauty is a wound

    The book is Dewi Ayu’s journey back in the grotesque world where she is a prostitute, this forms one of the essential part of Eka Kuriawan’s Indonesia. His writing style has been compared to that of Marquez, the quintessential masters of magical realism; where Marquez romantics the idea of love and longing, Kuriawan exaggerates the innate human vileness – both of which may seem unreal but somehwhat plausible.
    Eka Kuriawan weaves a magical tale of history, family bond, human flaws, rape, indu...
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    Niharika Singh Naruka

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    25 Apr, 2016

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    Glad to be wounded.

    I was pretty excited when this book arrived in the mail, after a long break from reading. And the previous two reads being non-fiction. Beauty is a wound is 'beautifully' written by Eka Kurniawan, a forty year old Indonesian Writer.

    I was very intrigued by the description of the book itself! The cover is a work of art too, with the picture of a Carrion Flower (A flower that smells like rotten meat), which totally does with the title and story.

    The book takes you through the totally abnormal...
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    Avantika Chitlangia

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    23 Apr, 2016

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    A classic entertainer

    Beauty is a wound is a fantastic novel which revolves around a character who we would not even take it our stride for her profession. But the way the author has woven a satire of life and history of nation as much as you can think about it. There is an eerie sense of humour that best describes the way the characters are presented by the author.

    The story is also about how you can mix the history and fiction in a classic way to get you the best of storytelling.

    There is a rawness in the lan...
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    Senthilkumar Rajappan

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    Review of Beauty is a wound

    Eka Kurniawan starts his novel as “One afternoon on a weekend in May, Dewi Ayu rose from her grave after being dead for twenty-one years….” and you can guess, the readers are in for an epic novel. The author doesn’t disappoint us and there is not even a part where we fell like dumping the book to take out a new book to refresh and come back. The author stands there in maintaining the curious levels of the readers and imbibing them with the story. The story may be what others think awkward tha...
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    John Corlos

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    20 Apr, 2016

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    Tale of Love,lust and tragedy

    The book opens with a very strange wish of famous prostitute Dewi - to die. And she dies two weeks later, only to return 21 years later to take stock of life she left behind. Mostly she returns to meet her fourth daughter and to meet the curse on her family head on. The book is long tale of her life, the men associated with her and her three daughters whose lives are dealt with mixed cards at every turn. This is a book that can turn a new reader away but to lovers of epic prose and fateful st...
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    17 Apr, 2016

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    CogentBooks Beauty is a Wound by Eka Kurniawan

    Even if you’re the most ferocious reader, I can assure you; even you can’t guess what will happen in the next page of this book. It’s a sheer journey of 470 pages full of plot twists and surprises.

    On the face of it, Beauty is a Wound is a story of an half Dutch half Indonesian prostitute named Dewi Ayu; who hails from the town of Halimunda, but it’s a cobweb of a story; to say the least.

    For a patient reader, this is definitely a complete package. On the contrary, an unaware reader who jus...
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    Manish Ahuja

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    16 Apr, 2016

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