Beauty is a Wound is a novel written by a prominent Indonesian writer Eka Kurniawan. I picked up the book with a determination to finish the book no matter what. Late 2019, I was really restless that I could not finish any books. This book a bit, that book a bit…then I chose Beauty is a Wound ramdomly from my bookshelf. Without the note I wrote on its page I would not remember when or how long did I buy the book. The note has reminded that I bought it from Chaing Mai during a conference. It is one of my mission to read books about Asia.
It turns out that it did not disappoint me at all. I kept reading it during my year end holiday to Chanthaburi and Trat, Thailand. I like th fact that I didn’t only find myself enjoy reading it, I also learned a good deal about the political climate in Indonesia in the 60s and 70s. The writer pens every detail. Its dark magic is brillantly described throughout the story. It made me feel amazed by the talent of writers who could write about everything.
Another thing I like about the story is how the writer depicts its metaphore on how colonilism could damage one culture and its destructive immediate consequences and long-term chaos on the society they rule.
After reading, I am even more curious on how the Indonesian-dutch descents now. The picute above is taken before my trip to Siem Reap on Jan 6, 2020. It means I only spent about a week during year end until 6 January. It tells so much about how a great hook of the book.
It is the first book I read in 2020. Next post, I will try to write about the books that I read throughout 2020.