Beauty is a Wound

Author(s): Eka Kurniawan

Literary Fiction

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.


Product Information

Born in 1975, the author of novels, short stories, essays, movie scripts, and graphic novels Eka Kurniawan has been described as "one of the few influential writers in Indonesia" (The Jakarta Post). Annie Tucker is a recipient of a 2013 PEN/Heim Translation Fund Award

General Fields

  • : 9780811223638
  • : New Directions Publishing Corporation
  • : New Directions Publishing Corporation
  • : September 2015
  • : 203mm X 140mm X 33mm
  • : United States
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Eka Kurniawan
  • : Paperback
  • : very good
  • : 384