Göteborg Book Fair 2017 seminar program booklet is out now (in English). I will be in Sweden for the book fair, September 28-October 1, 2017. Swedish edition of Beauty Is a Wound is published by Nilsson Förlag.
“Beauty Is a Wound serves as a crash course in contemporary Indonesian history since most of us know little about the country beyond Bali. And it is an oral history lesson well told; with all the folk ribaldry and dry humour that one associates with the rootedness of the vernacular. Indonesia offers a number of things familiar to Indians.” A review by Satyabrat Sinha, The Wire.
“Annie Tucker’s skilful translation captures Kurniawan’s matter-of-fact prose and black humour. Elements of the supernatural and oral storytelling combine powerfully to evoke a brutal past and some of the pivotal events that helped shape Indonesia today.” Review of Beauty Is a Wound and Man Tiger by Lucy Popescu, The Financial Times.
The stunning Pushkin Press’ Beauty Is a Wound cover was created by acclaimed designer Nathan Burton. Read the interview about the process of designing here.