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Beauty Is A Wound


Written by Anita Barraud, originally published in ABC Radio National

Nov 02, 2015

Eka Kurniawan is considered the most exciting living writer in Indonesia, yet very few outside the archipelago know of his work. His first novel Beauty is a wound was published in 2002 when he was twenty six, at a time when Indonesia was transitioning to democracy after more than thirty years of dictatorship under military strongman Suharto. Now this ambitious and bawdy tale of a matriarch and her four daughters and their children, has been translated into English.

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