Author(s): Eka Kurniawan
Told in short, cinematic bursts, Vengeance Is Mine, All Others Pay Cash is gloriously pulpy. Ajo Kawir, a lower-class Japanese teenage boy excited about sex, likes to spy on fellow villagers in flagrante, but one night he ends up witnessing the savage rape of a beautiful crazy woman. Deeply traumatised, he becomes impotent, turns to fighting as a way to vent his frustrations. Vengeance Is Mine, All Others Pay Cash shows Eka Kurniawan in a gritty, comic, pungent mode that fans of Quentin Tarantino will appreciate. But even with its liberal peppering of fights, high-speed car chases, and ladies heaving with desire, the novel continues to explore Kurniawan's familiar themes of female agency in a violent and corrupt male world.
* Author will be a guest of major Australian writers festivals in 2017 * Review coverage across broadsheet newspapers * Widespread review coverage in major Australian and New Zealand general publications such as the Big Issue, NZ Listener and North & South * Review coverage in literary journals such as Australian Book Review, Sydney Review of Books and Kill Your Darlings * Author interviews with online sites such as the Guardian and national radio programs such as ABC Radio National's Books and Arts * Advertisements in literary and current affair publications such as ABR, The Monthly, The Big Issue, and on their associated websites * Social media campaign including dedicated Twitter, Facebook and Instagram posts * Feature title in Text newsletters and website * Advertisements in bookseller newsletters and catalogues
'An unforgettable, all-encompassing epic of Indonesian history, magic, and murder-every detail seems essential to depicting Indonesia's tragic past. Upon finishing the book, the reader will have the sense of encountering not just the history of Indonesia but its soul and spirit. This is an astounding, momentous book.' Publishers Weekly on Beauty Is a Wound 'In terms of the literary novel, the year's most stirring revelation is Eka Kurniawan.' Flavorwire on Beauty Is a Wound 'An arresting portrait of Indonesia's struggle for nationhood, delights in obscenity: no topic is spared from its bloodthirsty brand of satire.' New Yorker on Beauty Is a Wound 'Beauty Is a Wound is an epic of a kind that could only come from the pen of an Indonesian...Kurniawan's creative ambition and scope are traditional in some senses, but his deeply strange work is profoundly original.' Australian on Beauty Is a Wound 'So sorrowful, so savage, so freaking weird...Densely textured, complex in time scheme and epic in scope...The author's intelligence breathes through the lines of the page, and he is equally capable of delicacy as decadence.' Saturday Paper on Beauty Is a Wound
Eka Kurniawan was born in 1975 and is the author of novels, short stories, essays, movie scripts, and graphic novels. He has been described by the Jakarta Post as 'one of the few influential writers in Indonesia.' His first novel to be translated into English, Beauty Is a Wound, was released in 2015.