Review: A historical novel?

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About Beauty Is A Wound,
Written by Giora Eliraz, and was originally published in Inside Indonesia,
Jul 17, 2018

In late 2017, the Hebrew translation of Eka Kurniawan’s internationally acclaimed novel, Cantik itu Luka (Beauty is a Wound, 2002), was published under the title Yofi Hu Petza‘. As far as I know, this is the first ever publication of an Indonesian novel translated into Hebrew.

As permitted by the author, Cilla Elazar’s translation was taken from the English version of the novel, translated by Annie Tucker and published in 2015. As consulting editor of the Hebrew translation, I worked closely with the text. During this process, I was led to wonder about the limited presence of Islam in the novel, in terms of both its historical and social contexts.

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