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The Resource Beauty is a wound, Eka Kurniawan ; translated by Annie Tucker

Beauty is a wound, Eka Kurniawan ; translated by Annie Tucker

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Beauty is a wound
Title
Beauty is a wound
Statement of responsibility
Eka Kurniawan ; translated by Annie Tucker
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Mj-7InOsFJE
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Author
Mj-7InOsFJE
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Language
  • eng
  • ind
  • eng
Summary
"The English-language debut of Indonesia's greatest young novelist, Eka Kurniawan: "without a doubt the most original, imaginatively profound, and elegant writer of fiction in Indonesia today: its brightest and most unexpected meteorite" (Benedict Anderson). One afternoon on a weekend in May, Dewi Ayu rose from her grave after being dead for twenty-one years. So begins Beauty Is a Wound, an epic, sweeping, compulsively readable novel, combining history, satire, family tragedy, legend, humor, and romance in a sweeping polyphony. It is also a highly political book. Revolving around the beautiful Indo prostitute Dewi Ayu and her four daughters, various plotlines incorporate 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," and the three decades of Suharto's despotic rule that followed. The bravura resilience on display here makes Beauty Is a Wound a luscious yet astringent product of the art blossoming since the fall of Suharto. Kurniawan's distinctive West Javanese voice will be entirely new to American readers, and its local sources (the all night shadow puppet plays, with their bawdy wit and epic scope; the famous local folk tales) will astonish, but Kurniawan draws as well on his favorite world writers, Melville, Gogol, Hamsun, and Marquez"--
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Beauty Is a Wound combines history, satire, family tragedy, legend, humour, and romance in an astonishing epic novel, in which the beautiful Indo prostitute Dewi Ayu and her four daughters are beset by every monstrosity. Kurniawan's gleefully grotesque hyperbole is 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, followed by three decades of Suharto's despotic rule. Drawing on local sources - folk tales and the all-night shadow puppet plays, with their bawdy wit - and inspired by Melville and Gogol, Beauty is a Wound is passionate and ironic, exuberant and confronting.
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Award
  • New York Times Notable Book, 2015
  • Booklist Editors' Choice, 2015
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10445055
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Dewey number
899.22132
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
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True
Target audience
adult
Label
Beauty is a wound, Eka Kurniawan ; translated by Annie Tucker
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Publication
Note
  • Originally published in 2002 by AKY Press and Penerbit Jendela, Yogyakart
  • "A New Directions paperbook original."
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volume
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rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Control code
906936870
Dimensions
20 cm.
Extent
470 pages
Isbn
9780811223638
Lccn
2015013461
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
System control number
(OCoLC)906936870
Label
Beauty is a wound, Eka Kurniawan ; translated by Annie Tucker
Publication
Note
  • Originally published in 2002 by AKY Press and Penerbit Jendela, Yogyakart
  • "A New Directions paperbook original."
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Control code
906936870
Dimensions
20 cm.
Extent
470 pages
Isbn
9780811223638
Lccn
2015013461
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
System control number
(OCoLC)906936870

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