Beauty is a Wound: The Historical Context of Indonesian Author Eka Kurniawan's Latest Novel

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When: Sep 28 2016 - 12:00pm until Sep 28 2016 - 1:30pm
Where: 1819 L St NW, Sixth Floor Conference Room, Washington DC, 20036
What:

Beauty is a Wound: The Historical Context of Indonesian Author Eka Kurniawan's Latest Novel

The East-West Center in Washington, in cooperation with American University’s ASEAN Studies Initiative and the Indonesian Embassy to the United States, invites you to an Asia Pacific Human Rights and Democracy Seminar featuring:

Mr. Eka Kurniawan 
Author

H.E. Robert Pringle
The United States-Indonesia Society

Beauty is a Wound: The Historical Context of Indonesian Author Eka Kurniawan's Latest Novel from East-West Center on Vimeo.


From left to right: Eka Kurniawa, H.E. Robert Pringle, and Dr. Satu Limaye.

Spanning half a century in the fictional Indonesian coastal town of Halimunda, Mr. Eka Kurniawan’s Beauty is a Wound, translated into English for the first time, follows Indonesian prostitute Dewi Ayu who has risen from her grave after twenty one years.

Throughout the novel Dewi Ayu and her four daughters face innumerable tragedies, allegories to Indonesia’s troubled past with the greed of colonialism, the struggle for independence, the 1965 mass murders of hundreds of thousands of “Communists” and three decades of despotic rule under Suharto.

Mr. Kurniawan discussed the major themes of his novel and H.E. Robert Pringle offered his comments on Beauty is a Wound and elaborated on the historical context of the novel.

 

 For more images, please visit the album for this event on the East-West Center's Flickr page. 


Eka Kurniawan is the author of two novels, two collections of short stories and a critical appreciation of Pramoedya Ananta Toer. He has also written movie scripts and a graphic novel.

H.E. Robert Pringle is the author of a recent book on the history of the island of Bali. His experience with Indonesia began with a four-year posting at the US Embassy in Jakarta from 1970 to 1974. He has followed Indonesian history, thumb politics and culture ever since. His speaking topics include center-regional relationships, click environmental policy, the history of Bali, and Islam. He holds a PhD in Southeast Asian History from Cornell. Ambassador Pringle’s first book was on the Iban people who live in Sarawak (Malaysia) and adjacent areas of West Kalimantan (Indonesia). His Foreign Service experience included a tour as Ambassador to Mali (not Bali) and postings elsewhere in Africa as well as in the Philippines and Papua New Guinea.


Primary Contact Info:
Name: Sarah Wang
Phone: 2023279755