Vengeance Is Mine, All Others Pay Cash

Vengeance Is Mine, All Others Pay Cash


Vengeance Is Mine, All Others Pay Cash

Original title: Serpeti dendam
Author: Eka Kurniawan

Vivid and bawdy, and told in short, cinematic bursts, Vengeance Is Mine, All Others Pay Cash is gloriously pulpy. Ajo Kawir, a lower-class Javanese teenage boy excited about sex, likes to spy on fellow villagers in flagrante, but when he witnesses a savage rape, he is deeply traumatized and becomes impotent. His efforts to get his virility back all fail, and Ajo Kawir turns to fighting as a way to vent his frustrations. He is hired to kill a thug named The Tiger, but instead Ajo Kawir falls in love with Iteung, a gorgeous female bodyguard who works for the local mafia. Alas, the course of true love never did run smooth…. Fast-forward a decade. Now a truck driver, Ajo Kawir has reached a new equanimity, thinking that his penis may be trying to teach him a lesson: he even consults it in many situations as if it were his guru—and love may triumph yet.

Vengeance Is Mine, All Others Pay Cash shows Eka Kurniawan in a gritty, comic, pungent mode that fans of Quentin Tarantino will appreciate. But even with its liberal peppering of fights, high-speed car chases, and ladies heaving with desire, the novel continues to explore Kurniawan’s familiar themes of the perils of love and of the struggles of women in a violent and corrupt male world.

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Translation rights

ARABIC | Al Kotob Khan
CHINESE (Complex) | Ecus
ENGLISH (ANZ) | Text Pub.
ENGLISH (Indian Subcontinent) | Speaking Tiger
ENGLISH (North America) | New Directions
ENGLISH (UK & Comm. excl Canada & ANZ) | Pushkin Press
FRENCH | Sabine Wespieser
GERMAN | Unionsverlag
ITALIAN | Marsilio

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