Vengeance Is Mine, All Others Pay Cash
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Vengeance Is Mine, All Others Pay Cash

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Told in short, cinematic bursts, Vengeance Is Mine, All Others Pay Cash is gloriously pulpy. Ajo Kawir, a lower-class Javanese 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 by two policemen. Deeply traumatized, he becomes impotent. His efforts to get his virility back all fail, and Ajo Kawir turns to fighting as a way to vent his frustrations. He gets such a fearsome reputation as a brawler that he is hired to kill a thug named The Tiger, but instead Ajo Kawir falls in love with Iteung, a gorgeous female bodyguard who works for the local mafia. Alas, the course of true love never did run smooth... Fast-forward a decade. Now a truck driver, Ajo Kawir has reached a new equanimity, thinking that his penis may be trying to teach him a lesson and even consulting it in many situations as if it were his guru--love may yet triumph. 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 male world dominated by petty criminals and a corrupt police state.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 216 pages
  • 140 x 203 x 18mm | 240g
  • New Directions Publishing Corporation
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 081122564X
  • 9780811225649
  • 170,812

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It's a blast of a book, by turns beguiling, horrifying and silly.show more

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1,374 ratings
3.91 out of 5 stars
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4 46% (631)
3 23% (319)
2 4% (55)
1 1% (13)
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