Eka Kurniawan’s Vengeance Is Mine is limp venture into violence

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Written by Adam Rivett, and was originally published in Australian,
Jan 13, 2018

After the ambition and squalid lyricism of his previous novels, Man Tiger and Beauty is a Wound, the latest from the Indonesian wunderkind is pure Hobbesian deliverance: nasty, brutish and short. Yet what might have at least offered teenage kicks — the PR blurb optimistically evokes Quentin Tarantino — instead grinds away joylessly and aimlessly, without ever truly coming to life.

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