Book Stories


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.

Vengeance is Mine, All Others Pay Cash by Eka Kurniawan — street fighter

Aug 18, 2017 / Vengeance Is Mine, All Others Pay Cash
Jakarta street fighter Ajo Kawir has one big problem. Or, you might say, one little one. He is impotent. It’s spelt out in the second sentence of Eka Kurniawan’s novel and expounded regularly over the following pages.

Impotent Rage: Eka Kurniawan’s “Vengeance Is Mine, All Others Pay Cash”

Aug 16, 2017 / Vengeance Is Mine, All Others Pay Cash
AJO KAWIR CANNOT get an erection. He tries everything he can think of to fix the problem, including rubbing chopped up chili pepper on his genitals. Like the rest of his attempted treatments, it does nothing but cause him pain and humiliation. His “bird” — what the protagonist of Eka Kurniawan’s new novel, Vengeance Is Mine, All Others Pay Cash, calls his penis — does not want to wake up.

‘Indonesia 1998’: A satirical illustration of the country’s past

Aug 14, 2017 / Indonesia 1998: English Edition
Cartoonist Muhammad “Mice” Misrad still vividly remembers what he was doing on May 14, 1998, at the time of the bloody tragedy that has been indelibly etched as one of the country’s darkest moments.

Joko Pinurbo’s New Poetry Book Highlights Creative Process, Religious Issues

Aug 14, 2017 / Buku Latihan Tidur
Indonesian poet Joko "Jokpin" Pinurbo recently launched a poetry book titled "Buku Latihan Tidur," or "The Art of Sleeping," but the riveting content will certainly keep readers awake. The book consists of poems written between 2014 and 2017, some of which have been published in the media.

‘I’m a Third-Culture Kid, So I’m Always Nowhere’

Aug 14, 2017 / We Are Nowhere and It’s Wow.
Who would've ever thought that the bitchy critic/ essayist Mikael Johani was such a poet? Not me, that's for sure. I was already pretty familiar with Mikael's essays when his poetry anthology We Are Nowhere and It's Wow came across my desk. I'm not going to lie, his poems gave me all kinds of warm fuzzies. The book, republished by POST Press in late July, offered readers a peek into his early life in Australia, as well as thoughtful ruminations on identity, art, and modern Indonesia.

Blogger Releases New Memoir on Adulting

Aug 10, 2017 / What I Wish I Had Known (& Other Lessons You Learned in Your 20s)
Many of us have gone through a challenging transformation before reaching adulthood. A newly launched English-language memoir thoroughly captured the experience of a 20-something blogger, her struggles with a quarter-life crisis and how she deals with it.