Book Review : Beauty Is a Wound by Eka Kurniawan

Eka Kurniawan has been ringing bells in many reader’s minds when his latest book Man Tiger, translated by Labodalih Sembiring made the Man Booker International longlist. I have personally searching the books to read them and when I got one, I was into an awe as I started reading this beauty.


Normally translated books doesn’t touch the readers as they do when they have been translated. But recently these thoughts have been suppressed by the excellent translators who take keen interest in maintaining the essence of the book and the author’s perspective even though it is translated. ( Translated movies have some horrible dialogues which destroy the essence of the original. No Offence but that’s the truth).

Eka Kurniawan starts his novel as “One afternoon on a weekend in May, Dewi Ayu rose from her grave after being dead for twenty-one years….” and you can guess, the readers are in for an epic novel. The author doesn’t disappoint us and there is not even a part where we fell like dumping the book to take out a new book to refresh and come back. The author stands there in maintaining the curious levels of the readers and imbibing them with the story. The story may be what others think awkward that it is about prostitutes, ghosts, etc., but the readers will never feel it.


The story moves around Dewi Ayu who makes living out of of prostitution. She has four children and the fourth one is named Beauty who is exactly the opposite while the others are ineffable beauty. The story takes off further more like a river flowing from the mountains reaching the readers by going through various characters and etched well to impress the readers. The story doesn’t to move away from the described path which makes it even more interesting. The introduction of Dewi Ayu and the aftermath of her introductions about her are sure to strike a chord with the readers.


The translated book offers much more insight on how the author would have written it and kudos to the translator too. There aren’t any difficulties in finishing the book and it will make our fingers more and more glued to grip the book. Starting a story in the pre World War – II times and drifting with the way Indonesia had been grown along with it was very nice and it must be appreciated as well. Inspired by the myth and Indonesian folklore this is a exciting read and I would recommend all readers to get a grasp of Eka Kurniawan. So go grab it.


About the Book:

Title : Beauty Is a Wound 

Author :  Eka Kurniawan

Publisher : Speaking Tiger

Genre : Fiction

Copy : Review Copy

ISBN : 9789385755682

Rating :

Links :

Flipkart : Beauty Is a Wound by Eka Kurniawan

Amazon : Beauty Is a Wound by Eka Kurniawan


Happy Reading,



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