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Trailer Ü Cantik itu Luka PDF by ↠´ Eka Kurniawan Rijetko se meni dogodi da odustanem od knjige i ne pro itam je do kraja jer si ve nekako znam procijeniti to bi mi se svidjelo, a to ne bi Ali, u ovom sam se slu aju grdno prevarila doga a se i najboljima Isto tako, elja da pi em osvrt i da svima pri am o nekoj knjizi naj e e me uhvati kada me neka knjiga odu evi Ove druge eventualno spomenem, u nekoj raspravi ili, ako me netko ba upita za mi ljenje o odre enoj knjizi koja meni, eto, nije sjela Ali, ovaj put u vam ba napisati hmmmne osvrt jer nije ok pisati osvrt na knjigu od koje si pro itao 40 50str nego, recimo, svoje iskustvo A mislim da to mogu, jer, nakon svog dugogodi njeg itala kog sta a, imam pravo nakon nekoliko stranica zaklju iti da li mi se knjiga svi a ili ne Jer, bez obzira na sadr aj koji e kasnije mo da postati super zanimljiv , stil pisanja ostaje isti.
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Dakle, rije je o knjizi Ljepota je njezina rana , indonezijskog pisca Eka Kurniawana Knjiga je do ivjela jako velik, svjetski uspjeh, osvojila niz nagrada, a NY TImes i The Guardian su je ak uvrstili me u najzna ajnije knjige godine I ja ne ka em da to nije zaslu eno, samo, eto, po meni to ba i ne bi bilo tako Ali, tko sam ja Ja sam iznosim svoje skromno mi ljenjePo onome to sam pro itala o knjizi kao i po sadr aju knjiga mi je djelovala ba super i tako je ja krenuh itatiE, a onda Kuku lele ak i to to po inje time da se ena, nakon 20 god smrti ustaje iz groba i vra a svojoj ku i i nastavlja normalno dalje ivjeti, samo, jel , 20god starija me nije toliko zasmetalo, rekoh, ok Tako i tako u blurbu tekstovi na koricama pi e da je ovo fantazmagori na epska pripovijest Onda detalj kako ovjek na umoru dolazi kod prostitutke jer eli izdahnuti u njezinom, recimo, naru ju , a nema love pa joj za to daje svoju nijemu k erkicu koja ak prostitutki napi e dajte spavajte s njim mo e brzo izdahnuti sam, ono, pro itala i rekla, ajde dobro Ludo, ali ok No, da vam sad ne pi em jo neke takve detalje, samo u re i da sam odustala kada sam do la do dijela gdje ovjek, koji je ludo zaljubljen u enu koju su udali za drugoga bogatog kolonizatora ovo je u stvari kritika tada njeg indonezijskog dru tva poludi, ali onako fino poludi Izme u ostalog tako je lud da po inje op iti sa ivotinjama I kada sam pro itala da je njegova majka morala ujutro zadaviti pet jadnih koko ki koje su se tresle, a iz mara su im izlazila crijeva od silne strasti ludog sina , e tu vi e nisam mogla Ja sam em vizualni tip, em sam jaaako, jaaako, slaba na ivotinje Tu smo se ova knjiga i ja rastale.
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Znam to je nadrealizam i koliko je cijenjen kao pravac Isto tako znam da su, neke od karakteristika nadrealizma odstupanje od estetike i te nja tome da djela budu provokativno neugodna, pa eto, ja bih ovo djelo svrstala upravo u takvu skupinu Ja vjerujem da je autor Kurniawan na ovaj na in uspio re i sve to je mislio, iskritizirati sve one povijesne doga aje u Indoneziji koje je elio i da je upravo zato knjiga do ivjela ovakav uspjeh, ali, ja svako toliko pogledam njegovu sliku na kraju knjige i samo mi do e elja ne ba da mu estitam nego da ga pitam, E, moj, Eka, na emu si ti Uglavnom, ako ste ljubitelji epske fantastike u nadrealisti nom stilu go for it Pun pogodak Meni ova knjiga ide na listu nije to za mene.
This falls somewhere between a 2.
5 and a 3.
5 When I first started it I thought I was going to love it It had many shades of One Hundred Years of Solitude There were many things I did really like The historical backdrop of Indonesia was fascinating and I ended up googling lots of things to learn about the history A lot of this book is political satire which never really works for me I found some of the characters to be fascinating and I loved their stories but in the end there was far to much blah blah blah rape blah blah blah whore blah blah blah rape all the women etc Oh and then there was the part where they killed all the dogs yes I get the symbolism but no don t kill the dogs There were several places along the way where I considered a DNF Despite my somewhat negative comments I am actually glad that I read this book and that I finished it It s not a bad thing to a read a book that pushes you beyond your comfort zone.
The Epic Novel Beauty Is A Wound Combines History, Satire, Family Tragedy, Legend, Humor, And Romance In A Sweeping Polyphony 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 Gleefully Grotesque Hyperbole Functions As A Scathing Critique Of His Young Nation S Troubled Past The Rapacious Offhand Greed Of Colonialism The Chaotic Struggle For Independence The Mass Murders Of Perhaps A Million Communists, Followed By Three Decades Of Suharto S Despotic Rule Beauty Is A Wound Astonishes From Its Opening Line One Afternoon On A Weekend In May, Dewi Ayu Rose From Her Grave After Being Dead For Twenty One Years Drawing On Local Sources Folk Tales And The All Night Shadow Puppet Plays, With Their Bawdy Wit And Epic Scope And Inspired By Melville And Gogol, Kurniawan S Distinctive Voice Brings Something Luscious Yet Astringent To Contemporary Literature Fascinating Allegorical Tale of Indonesia f k a Dutch East Indies If you like tales of political social allegory, such as Animal Farm and One Hundred Years of Solitude, that exercise your brain, without overly challenging to the point of losing intrigue, the kind of story in which you delight in discovering or trying to the metaphorical meaning of actions, characters and things within, then I recommend you put this on your list of books to check out.
This brilliant novel reflects and criticizes the turbulent history of the world s 4th most populous country Indonesia, a country of than 14,000 islands and of terrible tsunamis Indonesia s native citizens suffered under three and a half centuries of Dutch rule, Japanese occupation for 3 years during WWII, the mass slaughter of possibly a million citizens after the failed Communist coup in 1965, followed by the despotic rule of Suharto for 3 decades Indonesia Tsunami 1965 Communists Being Led En Masse to Slaughter after Failed Revolution CoupKurniawan tells the tempestuous history by means of an epic allegory which is, by turns, ridiculous, magical, hilarious and always captivating The centerpiece is Dewi Ayu, the stunningly beautiful 3 4 Dutch and 1 4 Malaysian girl forced into prostitution in her late teens upon Japanese occupation, her four daughters each with different fathers , their lovers and husbands, Dewi Ayu s 3 grandchildren, and the village of Halimundo, which is reminiscent of the village of Macondo in One Hundred Years of Solitude Kurniawan also weaves in colorful, intriguing local folklore to make his points Suharto Despot who Ruled for 30 YearsWhile the novel contains some scenes of the grotesque and of rapes, they did not seem gratuitous or unnecessary to reflect the tragedies befallen Indonesia and its residents It is haunting and has solidly stayed with me nearly 5 months after reading it 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 Really Attempt at Representation of Protagonist Gorgeous 3 4 Dutch, 1 4 Malaysian Dewi Ayu DNF 40%This is a very rapey book and I really don t want to continue any further, specifically after a scene where a woman, after being gang raped on multiple occasions, is then consumed by lust for her rescuer No Just no I get that this book is satirical and allegorical and symbolic, but still The author doesn t graphically describe the rape scenes but there are just so many and I am really not convinced that they are necessary to the plot It s a shame, because I really liked the beginning of this book it has one of the best opening lines I have ever read and I enjoyed some of the folkloric quality to the writing, but this kind of rape fantasy myth is just too far out of my comfort zone.
Beauty is a Woundis the debut novel of Eka Kurniawan, which was originally published in 2002 This is the second time for me to read a work by Kurniawan earlier this year I readLelaki Harimaualso known as Man Tiger and it is one of my favorite books Compared to Man Tiger, Beauty is a Wound is a grand and quite over ambitious satire With the historic backdrop stretching across the end of Dutch colonialism of the Indies to the end of the 20th century, Kurniawan tells the story of an Indo mixed Dutch Javanese woman called Dewi Ayu and her three daughters The family is cursed and is struck by one catastrophe after another.
First of all, I think it s important to clarify that this is of a horror novel rather than magical realism The first sentence of the book goes like thisOne afternoon on a weekend in March, Dewi Ayu rose from her grave after being dead for twenty one yearsBut pay attention to what happens next People are terrified and run away from Dewi Ayu If this were magical realism, people would glance at Dewi Ayu and then continue doing whatever they were doing But no People are running away because it s a nightmare The reader is about to come across a lot of rape, incest, bestiality, murder, male chauvinism and even rape This book is not for the faint of heart.
I think it s justified that Kurniawan present Indonesia s history in a horrific manner Indonesian history is permeated with sexual violence It happened during 300 years of Dutch colonization, what the Japanese army did to the comfort women throughout Asia and which most Japanese still won t recognize , the killings and rapes of 1965 which the Indonesian government still won t claim responsibility for , the horrific invasion and rape of East Timor by the Indonesian army, the violence and rapes against ethnic Chinese in 1998 Kurniawan really succeeds in weaving Indonesia s turbulent history into this novel I loved his description of communist ghosts haunting the murderers Unfortunately, the chronology of the characters stories and development is somewhat sloppy Better editing could ve improved the narration But I can forgive the author because he was only 25 27 years old and his second novel Man Tiger has shown that his writing improved.
Finally, I appreciate the psychology behind this novel The reader is outraged, angry and frustrated with the many rapes and how women are merely treated as sex objects But that s what we should feel When we are enraged by these actions, it proves that we are still human and sane Most of these horrific crimes were never recognized and will probably go unpunished The eerie thing is that many Indonesians stay mum about this part of history Most people want to move on, because it s too painful to talk about the past and most victims are ashamed I don t know what term psychologists use, but it s important to talk about this so that the oppressors won t oppress again So I thank Kurniawan for writing this novel Beauty is indeed a wound 3,5 estrellasUna lectura que ten a que hacer con urgencia No recuerdo c mo me lleg este t tulo del cual ni siquiera hice el intento de desprenderme La Belleza es una Herida para mi es de los t tulos m s seductores que he podido encontrar para una novela Sent que era un asunto prioritario leerla, y m s cuando su autor Eka Kurniawan es de Indonesia, un pa s lejano y cuya literatura es territorio virgen para m Desde luego, tambi n estaba el tema del g nero realismo m gico , m s cuando ha sido comparada con Cien A os de Soledad.
La historia se desarrolla en una ciudad de la misma naturaleza de Macondo, Halimunda y cuenta a trav s de las historias personales de las mujeres de una misma estirpe el paso de la violencia en Indonesia con sus diferentes actores desde antes de la primera guerra mundial, hasta los noventa El contenido hist rico, es una promesa que hace E Kurniawan en su preludioDewy Ayu y sus hijas volvieron a ver la brutalidad de la que era capaz el hombre , vieron las calles de su pueblo convertidas en r os de sangre y los r os en fosas comunes.
Esta es la historia de nuestro pa s Una historia de fantasmas Pasen y disfruten Y la novela arranca con uno de los mejores intros que he le do la resurrecci n de Dewy Ayu, su protagonistaUna tarde, un fin de semana de marzo, Dewy Ayu se levant de su tumba tras haber pasado veinti n a os muerta Y ya con esto para m la novela tiene un despliegue pico, y pese a que parezca dif cil, el ritmo y la solvencia no decaen A mi juicio E Kurniawan da lecciones soberbias de movimiento, fluidez, buena escritura y de creatividad Nunca me aburr , la novela es una mezcla de ingenio, violencia, humor, romance, mitolog a, ocultismo y fantas as Pero esto no es suficiente para sostener esta historia.
El autor, al igual que en otras novelas de realismo m gico Latinoamericano La casa de los esp ritus, como agua para chocolate, cien a os de soledad , le da voz y protagonismo a la mujer, siendo esta la que conduce la historia no de una forma pasiva, sino desafiando las normas sociales y teniendo una posici n concreta ante la realidad que las rodea Adicional a esto, en La Belleza es una Herida , la mujer es objeto de la violencia, no solo de la guerra sino tambi n de los efectos colaterales de la misma, y as mismo se expresa Concretamente la mujer son las mujeres de una estirpe familiar maldita, bellas, bell simas, sobrenaturalmente hermosas, que no llegan a ser felices Si bien, todas tienen participaci n en la novela, Dewi Ayu quien me record a Pilatos de La Canci n de Salom n de Tony Morrison , la prostituta m s bella es la que lleva la batuta en la novela no solo por ser la que empieza a narrar o la que termina el relato, sino porque con el paso de las p ginas parece un fantasma omnipresente, que todo lo sabe Y es que Dewy Ayu, resulta un personaje resabiado y ma oso, es la testigo, es la contadora, pero en su forma no se distancia de los otros personajes Porque as son los dem s personajes, parcos, ma osos y resabiados, los cuales no expresan emoci n ni llevan al lector a la misma, generan m s bien distancia Y est todo lo dem s est n los conflictos y las muertes en Indonesia, pero solo como parte de la ambientaci n de la novela, lo que cre que me iba a contar el autor se diluy en el paso del tiempo y de las situaciones representaciones fant sticas que tiene el libro por doquier Porque es como escrib anteriormente, el libro est lleno de ocurrencias muy ingeniosas y creativas, pero su espectacularidad termina en mucho ruido, est n bien integradas en la novela pero no logr integrarme yo a ellas, o verlas como algo maravilloso m s bien, llegue a asociarlas con una estrategia publicitaria as de abrumadora puede ser la situaci n.
Si bien, esta novela se ambienta en un contexto hist rico social, tiene ficciones lo sobrenatural lo percibo m s como fantasias u ocurrencias, no como una realidad m gica y evoca la mitolog a ancestral, no puedo ubicarla dentro del realismo m gico Es cierto, no puedo definir el realismo m gico, pero otra verdad es que no puedo compararla con Cien A os de Soledad o La Casa de los Esp ritus m s bien si encuentro similitud con el realismo m gico de Tony Morrison La lectura de este libro me deja inquietudes, como si ser que estamos ante diferentes matices de lo que se llama el realismo m gico o si el realismo m gico tambi n evoluciona est en plena evoluci n Otra inquietud que me deja el libro es la obvia por qu la belleza es una herida No creo que Eka Kurniawan sea un tipo machista o misogeno, incluso estoy segura que no fue su intenci n pero al final del libro el mensaje que llega a m , es que la belleza es una herida porque las mujeres bellas son las que sufren, o por lo menos las que m s.
Al terminar estas l neas no s si tuve equilibrio entre lo subjetivo y lo objetivo, o si estar siendo maniquea El caso, es que si bien no termino de encajar en esta realidad de La Belleza es una Herida, me parece importante que la novela sea le da porque Indonesia es un pa s al que casi no recurrimos para leer y porque me gustar a conocer mas apreciaciones de este libro, porque eso si, el libro es m ltiple en lecturas e interpretaciones, y eso me parece valioso.



It s true that oppressed people only have one tool of resistance run amok And if I have to tell you, revolution is nothing than a collective running amok, organized by one particular party Beauty is a Wound is one of only two so far works by Indonesian journalist, writer and designer, Eka Kurniawan that have been translated into English Twelve days after she gave birth to her fourth daughter ironically named Beauty , Dewi Ayu, even at fifty two still the most beautiful and desired prostitute in the Javan city of Halimunda, wrapped herself in a burial shroud and died Twenty one years later, she rose from grave, to the shock of the neighbourhood Her reasons for doing so were not immediately apparent.
Kurniawan s epic tale extends over almost a century and, against the backdrop of Dutch Colonial days and the Japanese wartime occupation through the struggles for independence to the modern day, tells the story of an extended Indonesian family births, marriages, deaths and everything in between There is plenty of humour and some sweet romance, but this family like many in Indonesia also suffers its share of tragedies, or perhaps even so There is quite a lot of violence, again an accurate reflection of life in those times in that country rapes, massacres, murders and beatings are described in a very matter of fact style Kurniawan s tale demonstrates how corruption, propaganda, the power of petty despots, the impotence of the Police force and control of the media are all accepted aspects of everyday life in Indonesia The attitude of those petty despots is summarised thus Comrade Kliwon is quite sympathetic and works hard to remedy the misfortunes of others.
sometimes I think he s the only person in this city who looks toward the future with hope That s what communists are like Pathetic people who don t realise this world is destined to be the most rotten place imaginable That s the only reason God promised heaven, as a comfort to the wretched masses This is a rambling story that is certainly reminiscent of Garcia Marquez and Rushdie, although, while Rushdie tends to never use two words when three or five will do, Kurniawan is much succinct Some elements of the supernatural feature mainly ghosts and channelling of the dead, and of course, folklore and superstition are commonplace The prose is quite basic, the dialogue often rather earthy it is easy to read a background knowledge of Indonesian history and politics is helpful, but not essential Translation of this impressive work from the Indonesian has been achieved by Annie Tucker An original and thought provoking read 4.
5 s One afternoon on a weekend in March, Dewi Ayu rose from her grave after being dead for twenty one yearsNow that s the kind of beginning that will grab my attention If you like the magical realism of M rquez as I do , then this could be your cup of Colombian coffee although it s set in Indonesia I know It s an idiom that I drove into a cul de sac Dewi Ayu, the village prostitute and misanthrope, gives birth to a hideous little baby and dies twelve days later, without setting eyes on her unfortunate progeny.
There ensues a magical, folkloric riotous story that would be beyond the imagination of most writers Hilarious, cruel, bawdy, offensive and otherworldly.
I loved it Many will not.
Eka Kurniawan, said to be following in the giant steps of Indonesia s most famous author, Pramoedya Ananta Toer known for his anti colonial and social realism tetralogy, Buru Quartet , is a popular literary young blood who could be as heavily influenced by a host of literary icons His novel Beauty is a Wound is a 20th century Indonesian historiography told in the rich folklore of her culture in gothicism that awakens memories of Lafcadio Hearn s chilling Kwaidan Stories and Studies of Strange Things in magic realism reminiscent of Gabriel Garcia Marquez s epic tale of Latin America, One Hundred Years of Solitude or Salman Rushdie s mesmerizing novel of India, Midnight s Children and in the taut rendering of wartime atrocities, it is explicitly a depiction of abuse and violence against women as similarly narrated in Mo Yan s hallucinatory novel of China s history, Big Breasts and Wide Hips.
Far off at the edge of the South Seas, lies the port city Halimunda the Land of Fog, so named by the beautiful, mythical princess Rengannis who pledged to marry the first person she saw at her window But there was no one as far as the eye could see, no one except a dog who was looking back over his shoulder in her direction after hearing the sound of the window creaking open The princess was stunned for a moment but, remember, she never went back on her word, so from the bottom of her heart she promised she would marry that dog.
The novel represents Beauty in both binary and opposing stories of Halimunda a hypnotic land possessively controlled for 3 centuries by the Dutch savagely violated by the hands of the Rising Sun betrayed and abandoned by her two faced friendly rescuers , and left exposed like a carcass to be devoured by homegrown wild dogs known as aka and the multi generational saga of Dewi Ayu an exotic beauty of Dutch and Indo mixture, abducted and forced into the role of comfort woman for the Japanese, eventually becoming the most intoxicating prostitute in the village The demon seed took root four times in Dewi Ayu s womb, the result was four beautiful daughters I should open my own whorehouse.
There s no curse terrible than to give birth to a pretty female in a world of men as nasty as dogs in heat.
Through the daughters lovers evolve Halimunda s post WWII violent political and social struggles 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 In Halimunda thought to be Jakarta , Kurniawan explores and resurrects his nation s bloodstained past her struggle for self identity in the aftermath of WWII and survival in the wake of Suharto s brutal genocidal massacre of thousands of Communists blending with it Indonesian beliefs in the potent dead who, thought powerful enough to influence the living, return as ghosts from the otherworld, forthe wretched don t die easyand ghosts have unfinished business and so the commanding ghost of Dewi Ayu, rises from her grave 21 years after she died to contrast, it would appear, a mysterious and vengeful evil spirit unknown until the last chapters dead set to unleash its seething wrath upon her family War, it seems, plays out on many realms in Halimunda.
Kurniawan delivers a compelling tale ripe with Southeast Asian folklore, supernatural horror and the explicit violent history of a region beaten down by the heinousness of war and a corrupt, murder driven regime, urging the reader who might otherwise equate Indonesia with devastating earthquakes or the explosive volcanic eruption of Krakatoa in 1883 to be informed of her political past Kurniawan is already setting a blazing path and a brilliant future as a notable writer of Indonesian fiction, and has completely slain me with this novel of Beauty.

Eka Kurniawan was born in Tasikmalaya in 1975 and completed his studies in the Faculty of Philosophy at Gadjah Mada University He has been described as the brightest meteorite in Indonesia s new literary firmament, the author of two remarkable novels which have brought comparisons to Salman Rushdie, Gabriel Garc a M rquez and Mark Twain the English translations of these novels were both publis