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Staff picks: Year’s Best Literary Fiction

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Beauty Is A Wound

Written by Alan Vaarwerk, originally published in Guardian

Oct 21, 2015

From Jonathan Franzen’s latest literary blockbuster to an Indonesian ghost story, here are the standout recommendations from a select group of booksellers. Alan Vaarwerk recommends Beauty is a Wound by Eka Kurniawan: Beauty is a Wound is like nothing I’ve read before. Eka Kurniawan intertwines Indonesia’s transition from colonial Dutch to Japanese occupation and finally independence with the tragic tale of a sex worker and her cursed family. The multi-layered narrative reads like an old-school gothic folk tale, full of dark magic, hyperbole and gratuitous violence.

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