“All of this — the comedy and the historical heft, the intricate plot and even more intricate character system — should make for an overstuffed, elephantine novel. But it doesn’t. Beauty Is a Wound, the first of Kurniawan’s novels to be translated into English (along with Man Tiger, a slim work), is a controlled sprawl, massive but not messy. It is, especially at the level of structure, an awesome achievement.”
This time from San Francisco Chronicle, a review by Anthony Domestico.