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Beauty Is a Wound by Eka Kurniawan translated by Annie Tucker (New Directions)Some of the world’s best literature is born from its worst tragedies, and tragedies don’t come much worse than the ones that befell Indonesia in the 20th century. For 300 years, the islands were the base of the Dutch East India Company, until they were occupied by Japan during World War II. (Here’s an indication of how the Indonesians felt about being a...

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