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Vengeance Is Mine, All Others Pay Cash

Vengeance Is Mine, All Others Pay Cash

Eka Kurniawan

Translated By

Annie Tucker

Category

Fiction

Format

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( Paperback with flaps | ISBN 9789386582775 | 216 pp | July 2017)

Summary

From the prize-winning author of Beauty Is a Wound and Man Tiger—another masterpiece of storytelling.

Ajo Kawir and Gecko are lower-class Javanese boys in their early adolescence. Half-hearted students at the mosque down the road and curious about girls and sex, they spend most of their time riding their bikes and spying on fellow villagers in flagrante. Sent by his mother on a mission to bring food to Scarlet Blush, an old friend who has gone mad after the murder of her husband by some vigilante soldiers, Gecko discovers that the crazy woman is actually quite beautiful. He invites Ajo Kawir to spy on her with him one evening, and the boys end up witnessing her rape by two policemen. Deeply traumatized, Ajo Kawir is rendered impotent.

Despite his handicap, Ajo Kawir becomes one of the toughest fighters in the Javanese underworld, his fearlessness matched only by his unquenchable thirst for brawling. When he finally meets his match in the shape of the fearsomely beautiful bodyguard Iteung, Ajo is left bruised, battered and overjoyed—he has fallen in love. But will he ever be able to make Iteung happy if he can’t make love like a man?

Vengeance Is Mine, All Others Pay Cash is a gloriously pulpy tale of bloody fists, broken hearts and duelling Jakarta truckers, from one of the most exciting and original voices in literary fiction today.

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Reviews

Exuberant, funny, crackling with energy and invention.’
The Times

‘A literary child of Günter Grass, Gabriel García Márquez, and Salman Rushdie.’
New York Review of Books

‘The world Kurniawan invents is familiar and unexpected, incorporating mystery, magical realism, and folklore… Biting and beautiful… This wild and enthralling novel manages to entertain while offering readers insight into the traditions of a little-known South East Asian culture. Kurniawan has officially put the West on notice.’
Publishers Weekly


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About the author

Eka Kurniawan

Eka Kurniawan was born in Tasikmalaya, Indonesia in 1975. He studied philosophy at Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta. He has published several novels, including Beauty Is a Wound and Man Tiger (longlisted for the International Man Booker Prize, 2016), as well as short stories. His novels have been published in thirty-three languages, including English.

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