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Beauty Is A Wound
Eka Kurniawan


Written by Joumana Khatib, originally published in New York Times

Jun 17, 2023

Watching someone get precisely what she wants rarely makes for great fiction. But how often do you encounter a figure like Dewi Ayu, the most beautiful prostitute in the fictional Indonesian city of Halimunda, who could raise herself from the dead after 21 years?

Her return to life is (literally) explosive, sending headstones flying and sheep bleating into the hills. But she herself is fairly calm, unknotting her burial shroud and trotting home to check in on her youngest daughter, to whom she gave birth shortly before her death.

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