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Vengeance Is Mine, All Others Pay Cash

Written by Simon Clark, originally published in AU Review

Aug 24, 2017

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.

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