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Staff picks: Year’s Best Literary Fiction

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In this article: Beauty Is A Wound

Written by Alan Vaarwerk, and was 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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