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Beauty Is a Wound by [Eka Kurniawan, Annie Tucker]

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"Eka’s approach in Beauty… mixes seriousness with irreverence, juxtaposing historical fact and magical realism in a manner reminiscent of Salman Rushdie."
Clarissa Oon, ArtReview Asia

"An unforgettable, all-encompassing epic… Upon finishing the book, the reader will have the sense of encountering not just the history of Indonesia but its soul and spirit. This is an astounding, momentous book."
Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

"Brash, worldly and wickedly funny, Eka Kurniawan may be South-East Asia’s most ambitious writer in a generation."
The Economist

"Very striking."
Tariq Ali

"An epic picaresque that’s equal parts Canterbury Tales and Mahabharata―exuberantly excessive and captivating. Huge ambition, abundantly realized."
Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)

"Without a doubt the most original, imaginatively profound, and elegant writer of fiction in Indonesia today: its brightest and most unexpected meteorite. Pramoedya Ananta Toer has found a successor."
Benedict Anderson, The New Left Review

"A vivacious translation of a comic but emotionally powerful Indonesian novel."
PEN America

"Kurniawan’s story of an undead woman had morphed into the story of modern Indonesia, an epic novel critics are more wont to compare to
One Hundred Years of Solitude and The Canterbury Tales."
Sydney Morning Herald

"As translated by Annie Tucker, Kurniawan’s prose is lucid and occasionally lyrical but never showy."
Anthony Domestico, SF Chronicle

"Kurniawan does not merely traffic skillfully in magic realism; his Halimunda ― like García Márquez’s Macondo and Faulkner’s Yoknapatawpha County ― lets him show how the currents of history catch, whirl, carry away and sometimes drown people."
John Fasman, The New York Times

Man Tiger and Beauty Is a Wound constitute a retort from the present to the dark times, while also acknowledging that the dark times may not yet be over. Against the killings of those years and the collective amnesia used to blank out the fate of the victims―a kind of second death, as it were―Kurniawan’s fiction summons its legions of ghosts."
Siddhartha Deb, The New Republic

"Gracefully translated by Annie Tucker, the writing is evocative and muscular, with particularly spicy descriptions and some good wry humor."
Sarah Lyall, The New York Times

"It’s an astonishing, polyphonic epic, a melange of satire, grotesquerie, and allegory that incorporates everything from world history to local folk talks."
Phillip Pantuso, Brooklyn Magazine

"An arresting portrait of Indonesia’s struggle for nationhood, delights in obscenity: no topic is spared from its bloodthirsty brand of satire."
Gillian Terzis, The New Yorker

"Refreshingly, Kurniawan puts value on literature as entertainment, and his books are certainly that."
Deborah Smith, The Guardian --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

About the Author

Eka Kurniawan is an Indonesian writer and graphic designer. 

JONATHAN DAVIS is the founder and chairman of Independent Investor, a specialist financial publishing venture, and a well-known columnist and investment writer. A former business and financial journalist on The Times of London, The Economist, and The Independent, he is a regular columnist for the Financial Times, author of three other books on investment, and a director of three investment companies.

--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B013H3IAQW
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ New Directions (September 8, 2015)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ September 8, 2015
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 1909 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Sticky notes ‏ : ‎ On Kindle Scribe
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 429 pages
  • Customer Reviews:
    3.7 out of 5 stars 177 ratings

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