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Beauty Is a Wound (Signed First Edition)

Kurniawan, Eka

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ISBN 10: 0811223639 / ISBN 13: 9780811223638
Published by New Directions, 2015
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New York: New Directions (2015). First edition. First printing. Trade paperback original, with French flaps. New. A pristine unread copy (without marks or bruises or smells or any other defect). Shipped in well-padded box. Purchased new and opened only for author to sign, no inscriptions. SIGNED BY AUTHOR on title page in 2015 (as noted). You cannot find a better copy. NOTE: He has a really cool signature, a sort of drawing. Bookseller Inventory # 10-2015-B1

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Title: Beauty Is a Wound (Signed First Edition)

Publisher: New Directions

Publication Date: 2015

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition:New

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition.

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The English-language debut of Indonesia's rising star.

The epic novel Beauty Is a Wound combines history, satire, family tragedy, legend, humor, and romance in a sweeping polyphony. The beautiful Indo prostitute Dewi Ayu and her four daughters are beset by incest, murder, bestiality, rape, insanity, monstrosity, and the often vengeful undead. Kurniawan’s gleefully grotesque hyperbole functions as 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 of perhaps a million “Communists,” followed by three decades of Suharto’s despotic rule.
     Beauty Is a Wound astonishes from its opening line: One afternoon on a weekend in May, Dewi Ayu rose from her grave after being dead for twenty-one years....  Drawing on local sources―folk tales and the all-night shadow puppet plays, with their bawdy wit and epic scope―and inspired by Melville and Gogol, Kurniawan’s distinctive voice brings something luscious yet astringent to contemporary literature.

About the Author:

The internationally acclaimed author of Beauty Is a Wound and Man Tiger, Eka Kurniawan was born in West Java in 1975, the day that the little ex-Portuguese colony East Timor declared its sovereign independence.

Annie Tucker won a PEN/Heim Translation Fund Award for her Eka Kurniawan translation.

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