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Jackson Arn reviews Vengeance Is Mine, All Others Pay Cash by Eka Kurniawan

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Vengeance Is Mine, All Others Pay Cash

Written by Jackson Arn, originally published in Asymptote

Oct 19, 2017

In his earliest work, Eka Kurniawan—the inventive Indonesian writer whose novel Vengeance Is Mine, All Others Pay Cash has just been translated into English by Annie Tucker—made time his plaything. Single sentences squeezed the present next to the distant past and future; entire books revolved around a single instant. In order to explain why this new book marks a misstep in its author’s already distinguished career, it seems only right to begin with a brief, decades-spanning story.

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