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The Best International Book Releases of September 2017

Sep 16, 2017 / Vengeance Is Mine, All Others Pay Cash
Vacation season may have ended, but it’s not too late to continue your travels by reading adventurously and internationally. September is the perfect time to catch up on that book pile that’s been building up all summer, with late August and September releases rounding out work from around the world.

Eka Kurniawan’s Darkly Comic Tale of Boyhood

Sep 15, 2017 / Vengeance Is Mine, All Others Pay Cash
Vengeance Is Mine, All Others Pay Cash, by the Indonesian author of Beauty Is a Wound, is a surreal, poignant account of a teen attempting to become a man.

This bird also rises

Sep 15, 2017 / Vengeance Is Mine, All Others Pay Cash
Vengeance is Mine, All Others Pay Cash is the third Eka Kurniawan novel to be published in English (all by Speaking Tiger in India). Vengeance is a very different book, and the absence of the overtly surreal or fantastical is the least of it.

“Vengeance is Mine, All Others Pay Cash” by Eka Kurniawan

Sep 14, 2017 / Vengeance Is Mine, All Others Pay Cash
Eka Kurniawan is the Quentin Tarantino of Indonesian literature: a brash wunderkind, delivering gleeful references to pulp fiction, lashings of stylized violence, and an array of characters and scenarios that far surpass the tropes and clichés which inspire them. But as with Quentin Tarantino, one might occasionally wonder just how much substance lies beneath the indisputably stylish surface.

Love and loss in vanished times

Sep 10, 2017 / The Question of Red: A Novel
Both Indonesia and India share the Mahabharataas a common text, but with differences. The Amba episode in India results in the creation of the first epic transgender Shikhandi whose task is to kill the man who ruined her life.

Author Feby Indirani Extols the Perks of Being Single in New Book

Sep 08, 2017 / 69 Things To Be Grateful About Being Single
In her newly launched book, author Feby Indirani wants to remind people that being single, in this case unmarried, has its many perks – 69 of them to be precise. Published by Gramedia Pustaka Utama, 69 Things To Be Grateful About Being Single invites single women to smile, contemplate, and also to have fun, because being single is not something to grieve about.

Vengeance Is Mine, All Others Pay Cash

Sep 04, 2017 / Vengeance Is Mine, All Others Pay Cash
Kurniawan (Beauty Is a Wound) tells the ribald, noir-inflected, and oddly epic story of a man’s quest to regain his sexual virility. Teenage Javanese roughneck Ajo Kawir loses the use of his “little bird” after witnessing the rape of a widow by two soldiers.

‘Anak Rantau’ a story of wounds and forgiveness

Aug 28, 2017 / Anak Rantau
Fans of Ahmad Fuadi’s work can now add his newly released book, Anak Rantau (Wandering Kid), to their bookshelf. It has been four years since Ahmad Fuadi’s last book, Rantau 1 Muara (The Estuary of Wander), was published.

Five Books You Need To Read This Month: August

Aug 24, 2017 / Vengeance Is Mine, All Others Pay Cash
I know you shouldn’t judge a book by a cover, but what about its title? Vengeance is Mine, All Others Pay Cash is the third novel in translation from Indonesian author Ela Kurniawan, and a serious contender for best title of 2017. The novel follows the story of Ajo Kawir, a lower-class Javanese teenager, who witnesses a horrific rape of a beautiful woman in his home village, with the event leaving him traumatised and impotent. The novel is pulpy and gritty, but not without humour, despite its sometimes dark themes.

‘Relax, It’s Just Religion,’ Says Indonesian Author

Aug 23, 2017 / Bukan Perawan Maria
Indirani’s new book, “Bukan Perawan Maria,” urges readers to differentiate between religion as a path and the truth as the destination. A collection of 19 short stories, the book encourages the use of humor, and not passion, in responding to social and political issues related to religion.