Staff Picks: Vengeance, Evil, and Grace

All Things Books / Recos

About Vengeance Is Mine, All Others Pay Cash,
Written by Nicole Rudick, and was originally published in Paris Review,
Jan 19, 2018

I recently read Eka Kurniawan’s novel Vengeance Is Mine, All Others Pay Cash as if either the book or I were outfitted with afterburners. Vengeance is a comic picaresque that the publisher has likened to a Quentin Tarantino film; Kurniawan’s prose, translated from the Indonesian by Annie Tucker, is pungent and blunt, but there’s more talk of fighting than actual fights, and a scene in which a pair of 18-wheelers battle for dominance at high speeds on a two-lane road could not have been reproduced in film to such great effect.

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