Book Review: Beauty is a Wound by Eka Kurniawan

beauty is a woundFirst published in The Star on 26th March, 2016


AUTHOR: Eka Kurniawan

TRANSLATOR: Annie Tucker

PUBLISHER: New Directions Books, 470 pages

ISBN: 978-0811223638

ONE afternoon on a weekend in March, Dewi Ayu rose from her grave after being dead for twenty-one years.’ So begins Beauty is a Wound, by Indonesian Eka Kurniawan, translated by Annie Tucker.

It’s a enthralling read – richly and densely imagined and described, epic in proportions, often bewildering in the twists and turns of its plot, and breath-takingly bizarre in its strangeness, its grotesque humour, its scenes of dazzling tenderness and loveliness laid bare alongside those of obscene and extreme cruelty, pain, sorrow and devastation.

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