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Lima belas tahun lalu, tepatnya Desember 2002, Cantik Itu Luka untuk pertama kali terbit. Untuk sedikit merayakannya, akan ada edisi khusus yang diluncurkan di Kinokuniya, Plaza Senayan, 14 Desember 2017 ini. Sila hadir, siapa tahu berkesempatan memperoleh edisi ini secara cuma-cuma, juga kaos bergambar sampul edisi pertama.

From the front page of Le Monde des Livres, November 17th: “Avec «Les Belles de Halimunda», son premier roman, Eka Kurniawan tresse, entre onirisme et vraisemblance, une extraordinaire épopée indonésienne.”

While Les Belles de Halimunda (Beauty Is a Wound) just released in French, almost at the same time Vengeance Is Mine, All Others Pay Cash was published in English. Jackson Arn has a review of the book in Asymptote; as Free Press Journal said about it … “Kurniawan also skilfully manages to save his pulp fiction type novel from getting into that genre.”

From Otago Daily Times, NZ, we found they compared the book with Tarantino-type violence, “… they may find this a light-hearted romp in an ‘‘exotic’’ and unusual location.” In other place, Tiffany Tsao in Mekong Review argued that, “The influence of so-called lowbrow fiction on Eka’s work has never been a secret … But to see this as a failing would be to make a grievous error.”

And don’t forget about my second novel, Man Tiger, that Manila Book Review called it as a “story of a great rage.”

Sebagai proyek pribadi, saya tertarik menerjemahkan Moby-Dick karya Herman Melville sejak lama. Sebagai sebuah percobaan, saya mempublikasikan usaha ini di sini (dan tengok kembali di minggu-minggu berikutnya). Mudah-mudahan berkenan menikmati.

What a beautiful book cover of John Steinbeck’s Cannery Row Indonesian edition. I translated it a long time ago, just published by Bentang Pustaka.

Here are some recent reviews for Vengeance Is Mine, All Others Pay Cash (New Directions, Pushkin Press, Text Publishing, Speaking Tiger):

“And as high-end pulp fiction, Vengeance is Mine, All Others Pay Cash is superb.” – Tim Hannigan, Asian Review of Books.

“A darkly comic tale of boyhood” – Jane Yong Kim, The Atlantic.

Vengeance is wonderfully entertaining, and highly cinematic, its critique of patriarchal Indonesian society wrapped in picaresque adventure and anarchic comedy.” – Keshava Guha, The Hindu.

“Indonesian-born Eka Kurniawan is one of the most exciting writers active today. Vengeance Is Mine, All Other Pay Cash is a madcap noir featuring an impotent gangster who undertakes a violent and epic quest to regain use of his ‘little bird’. encountering bewitching martial artists, truck drivers, and vicious criminals along the way.” – The Culture Trip.

I had some interviews with Italian media when I was in Mantova last week, here one of them form Il Libraio (for those who read Italian): Eka Kurniawan, che ha portato “il realismo magico nella varietà della letteratura indonesiana”.

And here is my short story published by Vice, translated by Annie Tucker. Originally published in Indonesian as “Pengantar Tidur Panjang”. This is one from my first story collection in English translation, Kitchen Curse, forthcoming from Verso Books.

“This is an almost unbelievably fun and weird novel.” A starred review for Vengeance Is Mine, All Others Pay Cash from Publishers Weekly.

“Avec une fable mémorable, sur une lignée de femmes redoutables, Eka Kurniawan signe un chef-d’œuvre.” This is a review from Livres Hebdo for Les Belles de Halimunda, French edition of Cantik Itu Luka.

“Whether or not a political fable is intended, the squelch of blood and the crack of breaking bones tends to muffle any deeper message.” Vengeance Is Mine, All Others Pay Cash review from Financial Times.

“Despite Vengeance Is Mine’s consistent bloodshed, it’s a very funny book.” And this one is from Los Angeles Review of Books.

Karena kemungkinannya kecil menerbitkan kembali Cantik Itu Luka dengan sampul edisi pertama ini (masih bisa dicari di pasar buku bekas), dalam rangka 15 tahun sejak pertama kali diterbitkan, mending saya bikin kaos ini. Yang berminat sila meluncur ke tokopedia.

Akhirnya keempat versi Vengeance Is Mine, All Others Pay Cash (Seperti Dendam, Rindu Harus Dibayar Tuntas) dari penerbit dan wilayah berbeda berada di meja saya. Dari kiri ke kanan: Australia (Text Publishing), Amerika (New Directions), India (Speaking Tiger), dan Inggris (Pushkin Press). Isinya sama, diterjemahkan oleh Annie Tucker, hanya beda sampul dan ukuran, dan tentu saja wilayah distribusi.

Sila baca ulasan saya di Mojok.co tentang novel Six Balax, super spy pribumi yang semoga “still going strong menumpas kriminalitas yang menjamur di negeri yang kemerdekaannya sering-sering encok ini.”

Juga ada ulasan Vengeance Is Mine, All Others Pay Cash di koran Australia, The Saturday Paper.

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