Beauty Is a Wound (Paperback)
Eka Kurniawan is one of the most fantastic storytellers writing today. His breathtaking Beauty is a Wound spans Indonesian history from colonial history through recent events. Kurniawan blends a rich narrative with humor, romance, and conflict in this tale that feels both personal and epic at the same time.— From Adam F. Staff Picks
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.