Beauty is a Wound is a 3D motion design project that depicts the effect of the beauty found in a lotus on Kala Rau, a demon creature from Balian mythology. And yes, it was very much like A Hundred Years of Solitude. The prose is austere, yet so good and descriptive. This book is as steeped in the satirical and the fatalistic as it is in the magical. Revolving around the beautiful Indo prostitute Dewi Ayu and her four daughters, various plotlines incorporate incest, murder, bestiality rape, insanity, monstrosity, and the often vengeful undead. Selain plot, saya juga salut sama bahasa yang digunakan.
I actually find that Indonesian readers are far more critical. You can accuse me of being off my rocker but, I think this book is destined, 50 years from now, to be deemed a classic. Men are tempted by women, obsessed by women, driven wild by their lust for women. Other violence -- and especially, horribly, rape -- is commonplace -- tempered only to a limited extent by the fact that the perpetrators often suffer for their wrongs too. This is the best they can hope for in life and they are pragmatic. I would go so far as to call it epic.
How did you become interested in literature? Beauty is a Wound is a novel full of passions, but rarely ones in which all parties are satisfied. It has been 13 years since the book was released in Indonesian. Simpel, lugas, apa adanya, tapi juga tak ada kesan jijik. It churns out plot after plot, character after character, drawing from a seemingly endless fund of yarns and anecdotes and myths. Dewi Ayu, formerly the most sought-after prostitute in the district of Halimunda, walks back to her house, takes a bath, and is reunited with her daughter Beauty, who she had prayed would be born ugly—as indeed she most certainly was. Sentí que era un asunto prioritario leerla, y más cuando su autor Eka Kurniawan es de Indonesia, un país lejano y cuya literatura es territorio virgen para mí.
Kurniawan is a great writer, really exceptional. There were many things I did really like. But it's not as sombre as it sounds. And love that has existed since before the foundations of the earth were formed rains down from above. Onda detalj kako čovjek na umoru dolazi kod prostitutke jer želi izdahnuti u njezinom, recimo, naručju. La lectura de este libro me deja inquietudes, como si será que estamos ante diferentes matices de lo que se llama el realismo mágico o si el realismo mágico también evoluciona ó está en plena evolución? If you like the magical realism of Márquez as I do , then this could be your cup of Colombian coffee - although it's set in Indonesia the 'Colombian coffee' bit was my play on words. Or maybe that wish was really the most grandiose wish of all.
An original and thought-provoking read. Can you describe your relationship with your translator, Annie Tucker? All of that seemed so beautiful, really too beautiful to be believed. Beauty Is a Wound tells the story of a prostitute, Dewi Ayu, who rises from the grave after being dead for 21 years. Negiri ini bagaimanapun tak cukup aman bagi orang-orang sipil, apalagi setelah selama tiga tahun di dalam tahanan. Pramoedya Ananta Toer has found a successor.
The lead character is forced into prostitution during the Japanese occupation eventually transforms her assets her breathtaking beauty into a commodity desired by all. All are infantile in different ways in their behavior and need to fight, have sex, be in charge, be the alpha male and all of them in fact all of the male characters in this book have conflated visions of love which they confuse with lust, obsession and enslavement. This really influenced me, and I tried to adopt this technique in writing my novel. The author then takes us back to where it all began for Dewi and brings us forward through 400 years of history. The story skipped around, visiting different characters related by blood or marriage to Dewi Ayu and her daughters, and while there was still some historical context the rise of Communism, the massacre of Communists, power struggles through the 1960s and 1970s , the voice seemed to get repeatedly distracted by minor household stuff. In 'Beauty's' presence, they are irresistibly drawn in, but, like the creature in a Venus fly trap, to touch the treasure could be fatal, may be scarring and mutilating, excruciatingly painful, unendurable or gruesomely deadly. Jadi heran, kenapa sebuah buku yang dianggap bagus biasanya adalah buku yang berat menurut saya ya? This is how we got here.
It is also a highly political book. Las asociaciones con Cien años de soledad son obvias; si hasta hay una Rengganis la hermosa en lugar de Remedios la bella. Bookshops and libraries are only located in the main cities. Translation of this impressive work from the Indonesian has been achieved by Annie Tucker. 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 blend of the horrible and the absurd is like nothing I've read before, and thrusts Indonesian literature into the spotlight in a powerful way. Is it an act of one-way communication, or is it a transaction of sorts that transforms us in the end? This poetry must be read aloud, allowing pregnant pauses that give birth to thankful hearts who come again and again to worship. You are often compared to Rushdie and Marquez. The magical realism comes in the form of spirits and ghosts and small bits of magic that pepper the book. It rang false to me, and, considering the amount of sexual violence and the emphasis on a certain type of femininity, left me somewhat disturbed. The bravura resilience on display here makes Beauty Is a Wound a luscious yet astringent product of the art blossoming since the fall of Suharto. Dari kisah Maman Gendeng ke Sang Sodancho terus ke Kamerad Kliwon juga perihal anak-anak Dewi Ayu sendiri malah sehingga ke cucu-cucunya- penulis sungguh teliti dan bijak mengemas alur cerita sehingga aku rasa buku ini tak perlukan seorang editor.