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.
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.
“… habitually drives his narratives between the extreme poles of the crass and the sublime, the tragic and the comedic, the surreal and the real.” – South China Morning Post, “Eka Kurniawan’s brutal novel on Indonesian masculinity is not for the faint-hearted”
“It’s funny, enraging, and touching.” – Village Voice, “NYC’s Best Independent Booksellers Share Their Picks For Summer Reading”
“I believe the phrase is ‘page-turner.’” – Words Without Borders, “The Watchlist: July 2017”
“Eka Kurniawan’s hugely inventive fiction is a potent blend of grounded realism and flighty fantasy.”
The Economist on Vengeance Is Mine, All Others Pay Cash, “The secrets of Indonesia’s finest novelist”.
“Thrilling … an engrossing, emotionally rankling speed-read … original and sure-footed.”
– Jane Graham, The Big Issue
The first review of my third novel (in English translation), Vengeance Is Mine, All Others Pay Cash.
“Kurniawan has become the rare Indonesian author to break through to a typically translation-allergic U.S. market […] Vengeance Is Mine promises dark, sexually charged and subversive comedy …” from “24 Incredible Books To Add To Your Shelf This Summer”, Huffington Post.