Vengeance is Mine, All Others Pay Cash (2017) by Eka Kurniawan

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About Vengeance Is Mine, All Others Pay Cash,
Written by Scott Pactor, and was originally published in Personal Blog,
May 06, 2020


There is nothing better than opening up a new category of literature with a new country, language or perspective.  Eka Kurniawan is the first Indonesian writer I’ve read, and the first writer translated from Malay. Indonesia’s prior presence in the western canon is mostly limited to early 20th century Dutch authors and Joseph Conrad, and I’m unaware of any other contemporary Indonesian authors translated in any language.  There is much to enjoy in Vengeance is Mine, All Others Pay Cash, about an impotent street thug who has to learn to live and love in the slums of Java.   

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