“… 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.