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

Book Story / Review

About Vengeance Is Mine, All Others Pay Cash,
Written by Bradley Babendir, and was originally published in Los Angeles Review of Books,
Aug 16, 2017


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.

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