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Beauty Is a Wound Audiobook

Beauty Is a Wound

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Publisher's Summary

The English language debut of Indonesia's rising star. Compulsively listenable, Beauty Is a Wound combines history, satire, family tragedy, legend, humour, and romance in an astonishing epic title, in which the beautiful Indo prostitute Dewi Ayu and her four daughters are beset by every monstrosity.

Kurniawan's gleefully grotesque hyperbole is a scathing critique of his young nation's troubled past: the rapacious offhand greed of colonialism; the chaotic struggle for independence; the 1965 mass murders, followed by three decades of Suharto's despotic rule.

Drawing on local sources - folktales and the all-night shadow puppet plays, with their bawdy wit - and inspired by Melville and Gogol, Beauty Is a Wound is passionate and ironic, exuberant and confronting. Hailed as ;the next Pramoedya', Eka Kurniawan is an exciting new voice in contemporary literature.

©2015 Eka Kurniwan (P)2016 Audible, Ltd

What the Critics Say

"Without a doubt the most original, imaginatively profound, and elegant writer of fiction in Indonesia today: its brightest and most unexpected meteorite." (New Left Review)

"A vivacious translation of a comic but emotionally powerful Indonesian novel." (Pen America)

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    Isabelle 04/12/2016
    Isabelle 04/12/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Too much rape for me"
    What did you like best about Beauty Is a Wound? What did you like least?

    I liked the complexity of the story and originality but ultimately I had to give up on it a few hours from the end. There was just this relentlessness to the ill-judgement and cruelty of the characters so that I lost all interest.
    There was also a huge amount of rape. It often feels like every woman in the story is at some time raped, killed or driven to suicide.
    In general too much misery for me at this point but I don't want to condemn it as a bad story. Just to inform that the content is very difficult most of the time.


    Has Beauty Is a Wound put you off other books in this genre?

    Not really


    What about Jonathan Davis’s performance did you like?

    It was very good. He doesn't put on ridiculous high pitched voices for female characters the way a lot of male narrators do.


    Did Beauty Is a Wound inspire you to do anything?

    It inspired me to stop listening to beauty is a wound.


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