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3.94  ·  Rating details ·  3,874 ratings  ·  729 reviews

Vivid, bawdy, comic, and arresting: the exciting new novel by the Indonesian phenomenon

Ajo Kawir is one of the toughest fighters in the Javanese underworld, his fearlessness matched only by his unquenchable thirst for brawling. But the young thug is driven by a painful secret – he is impotent. When he finally meets his match in the shape of the fearsomely beautiful bod

Paperback, 245 pages
Published April 2014 by Gramedia Pustaka Utama
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Danilla Menurut saya, beginilah sebuah karya fiksi ditulis. Harus jujur apa adanya. Tidak perlu diperhalus atau ditutupi bahasanya. Kalau memang yang dimaksud…moreMenurut saya, beginilah sebuah karya fiksi ditulis. Harus jujur apa adanya. Tidak perlu diperhalus atau ditutupi bahasanya. Kalau memang yang dimaksud burung, vagina, payudara, ya tulis saja demikian, tidak harus dengan metafora-metafora yang dapat mereduksi makna sesungguhnya.(less)

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Kevin Ansbro
"Whatever happens, I’m a man. But I’m a man with a soft dick…"
(Not my words, but those of Ajo Kawir, the main character in the book).

Javanese teenager, the aforementioned Ajo Kawir, is forced to witness an act of barbarism that mentally scars him and condemns him to a life blighted by erectile dysfunction. His limp penis thereafter nestles like a newly-hatched bird, insignificant in size and in perpetual slumber. Even a photograph of a bikini-clad woman with thick armpit hair (one of his pre
Farah Firdaus
You know you’re in for a wild ride when a story begins with a description of a penis, like this: “Only guys who can’t get hard, fight with no fear of death — Ajo Kawir’s penis couldn’t stand up. He’d seen it, nestling like a newly hatched baby bird - curled into itself, looking hungry and cold.”

Labeled as tragicomic (tragic and comedy), Seperti Dendam, Rindu Harus Dibayar Tuntas is an intriguing combination of humor, tragedy, romance, satire and social critics all rolled into one. It tells the
Jun 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: translation, fiction
eka kurniawan's breathtaking english debut, beauty is a wound , was one of the finest novels of 2015. his newest, vengeance is mine, all others pay cash (seperti dendam, rindu harus dibayar tuntas) is equally engaging, but otherwise entirely dissimilar in nearly every other regard. first published in its original indonesian in 2014, vengeance is mine, all others pay cash (what a fantastic title!), is the rousing, ribald tale of teenager ajo kawir, who, after witnessing a brutal rape, is no lo ...more
Jul 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 ★s

Vengeance Is Mine, All Others Pay Cash is the third novel by award-winning Indonesian author, Eka Kurniawan to be translated into English. In his early teens, Ajo Kawir witnesses a vicious assault which renders him impotent. Thereafter, he takes out his frustrations on anyone nearby who’s willing to fight. When he happens on Iteung, a tough fighter who is also a beautiful girl, his life changes: he’s fallen in love. But surely Iteung will not want an impotent husband?

Fast forward eleven ye
VENGEANCE IS MINE, ALL OTHERS PAY CASH by Eka Kurniawan, tr. from the Indonesian by Annie Tucker, 2014/2017.

#ReadtheWorld21 📍Indonesia

This book has the distinction of being my first read translated from #Indonesian, and also the first one (that I can recall) where male genitalia is a main character of the story.


This book is a testoterone-fueled action romp through gritty alleys and the underworld of dirty cops, gangsters, and a young man who witnessed a traumatic crime, and has since become
Emmy Hermina Nathasia
It is weird and comical! I keep imagining the scenes moved like comic books, unreal and yet I am reading it. The book is about a man's bird (or penis). But since its Kurniawan we're talking about, it wasn't presented in a sexual or dirty manner. I thoroughly enjoy the book. Fast-paced and easy to read. ...more
Widyanto Gunadi
Jun 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Eka Kurniawan is a humdinger of an author when it comes to satire. His works, since his first critically acclaimed and majorly successful novel, Beauty is A Wound, has always been brandished with his trademark overbearing presence of devastating chaos instigated by its cast of wacky, insane, and sadistic characters to delineate the reflection of society so horribly corrupt beyond relief. The novella Vengeance is Mine, All Others Pay Cash is no different. It is another striking satirical literatu ...more
Missy J
Unexpectedly fresh and original. The title "Vengeance is Mine, All Others Pay Cash" immediately caught my attention and made me want to read it as soon as possible. I have already read two other works by Eka Kurniawan, Beauty Is a Wound and Man Tiger, so I was already prepared for some dark humor, rapes and grotesqueness.

The plot of "Vengeance is Mine, All Others Pay Cash" is absurd to say the least. In short, it's about the penis of Ajo Kawir, which can't stand up anymore since the night he wi
Text Publishing
‘Thrilling…an engrossing, emotionally rankling speed-read…original and sure-footed.’
Big Issue UK

‘[Kurniawan] 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

‘It’s funny, enraging, and touching.’
Village Voice

‘I believe the phrase is “page-turner”.’
Words Without Borders

‘Kurniawan gives the reader an original plot while managing to include a good helping of black humour, plenty of
Sep 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Aku sudah pernah bilang kan, menemukan buku itu kaya menemukan jodoh. Dia ada di depanmu when the least expected.

Actually I don't read books for awhile, just because I haven't met the 'right' book. I know the measurement of 'right' is plausible, at least you could find 100-best-books-all-the-time list and read any book in it. By 'right', I mean that you read a book in a right time, in a right condition, in a right phase of your life. Istilahnya, pas, gitu.

Dan petualangan mencari buku yang pas p
Aug 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Netflix, what are you waiting for? This is exactly the kind of story I would love to see adapted for the screen by a company willing to create bold content. This is a story with strong moments, interesting action, and a distinct character. That being said, the NSFW themes are ever present, and if you find explicit content off putting then you should certainly skip “Vengeance is mine, all others pay cash”. Murder, rape, torture, this book deals with it all, and often not with the appropriate deli ...more
The publisher’s blurb for this novel goes like this:
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. 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
Amith J
Jun 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gifted by a dear friend, I started reading this book slowly to grasp the pace at which it moves. The writing style is one of the unique I have come across. Two or three scenes in different time frame all happening at once. Narrated in a rapid, often in short bursts , this book is funny, dark and poigant. A small book but it needs time to absorb the story.
Kyle Muntz
Aug 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is novel is just as strange as its synopsis would suggest and especially, it's a huge improvement for Kurniawan. This time, the writing is sharp, focused, and comes in quick, nonchronological bursts clustered around a few key events at a time, which makes the chapters feels very organic even though there's a mild level of formal experimentation going on. It does a really good job catching a certain raw, bleak, youthful kind of nihilism, though there's a really sharp divide between the first ...more
Trigger warnings: rape, violence, murder, sexual abuse by a teacher, car accidents, abortion, forced prostitution.

This is a very peculiar little book. It's about a young man who's forced to watch a woman being raped as a kid and is unable to get an erection afterwards. Which is 100% not my kind of book, and yet somehow this managed to be INCREDIBLY compelling and I was hooked basically from the first page.

There were a few confusing moments, as the book jumps back and forth in time quite a lot,
Yuko Shimizu
Just finished this craazy ride. Toxic masculinity, bloody fights, sexual violence toward women... Not really subjects I’m into, but also oddly moving. I got hooked. It’s like Tarantino meeting Fight Club meeting Haruki Murakami if that ever makes sense. I recommend this for those who are open-minded and looking for something new and different.
Dec 02, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: asia-lit
The gender politics in this book are retrograde af. Basically, all the nice ladies of all the main protagonists get raped, which makes the protagonists real sad. See, rape is bad because it hurts men too! The poor, poor menz. Let's definitely make rape all about men's feelings and their ability to get hard (literally, the book is about a guy becoming impotent from watching someone get raped).

TL;DR: this is a book about how men should not rape women because it makes other men feel bad. Period. It
Jun 26, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
2.5 stars
Jul 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: indonesia
"'Only guys who can't get hard fight with no fear of death,' Iwan Angsa once said about Ajo Kawir."

Seperti Dendam, Rindu Harus Dibayar Tuntas (Vengeance is Mine, All Others Pay Cash) by Eka Kurniawan tells a story about Ajo Kawir, the toughest fighter in Java. After witnessing a terrible rape during his early teenage years, Ajo Kawir can no longer get hard.

He tried many different ways to wake his pecker up.

He rubbed the chopped chili pepper across the surface of his genitals:

"'It burns! It burn
Morgoth Jr
Apr 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Semi-spoiler alert? It's at the bottom.

Okay, I like this guy's stuff.
I thought it was going to be... stupid? 'Ugh, men?' When I found out it was, in fact, an entire book about one man's tragic quest to get an erection - and, yes, it is in fact an entire book about one man's quest to get an erection, and the lessons he learns on the way about what it means to be a Masculine Male Manly Man (the ultimate take-away from the book is that the way of patience and love and forgiveness is right, but as i
Chitra Ahanthem
Dec 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Vengeance Is Mine, All Others Pay Cash by Eka Kurniawan is a crazy read. I have not read the author at all (he made waves on the literary scene after his novel ‘Man Tiger’ was Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2016) but I am kicked about his writings now and will surely look up his earlier works as well. This one covers the journey of Ajo Kawir starting from his wild rocking teens to ultimately a tempered life. There is no sedate drama or emotions in this book. It's all fists, brawn and qui ...more
Jan 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

(Translated by Annie Tucker)
Ajo Kawir is a lower class teenage boy living in Japan, who is obsessed with girls and staring at girls, until one day he witnesses a violent rape, the mental shock of which renders him impotent.
But still, he falls in love with a girl, Iteung, who is a bodyguard for one of the local mafia. He learns to fight and then learns inner calm, but he turns away from his life, leaving his love behind because he cannot do the one thing with her that he wants to do.

In time, he
Inggita Sahya
Feb 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
I read this book to fulfill my curiousity how good the book is (based on reviews from my friends). Turns out it really is. I was amazed how the author can turn something so vulgar to be worth reading in one sit. The story takes place in Jakarta's lower class community which is a background story I've never read, so it's new to me. However, I can still picture them all. Another thing that amazed me is the fact that this book can deliver good quotes and lessons in life without being 'cheap' regard ...more
Gregory Day
This is a violent, erotic, and a rather moving novel. In order to survive in a cruel world, these young Javanese characters have no choice but to make their way with their fists. Focusing on Ajo Kawir, a young fighter with impotency, Kurniawan ruminates on the relationship between sex and violence, where both are exciting and both have consequences. This is a wallop of a novel, that feels like a Nicholas Winding Refn directed Indonesian gangster flick.

Katarzyna Bartoszynska
4.5 stars. Not perfect, but quite good. I think I liked this even more than Beauty is a Wound. The same cheerful bawdiness balanced on a knife's edge with brutal violence (including a few rape scenes), resulting a kind of affable nihilism; the same winningly lovable characters; and the same twisted, disjointed sense of time, and blurring of fantasy and reality. Where Beauty is a Wound was an epic tale of nation-building, Vengeance is Mine is a kind of gangster picaresque. Great fun. ...more
Jul 17, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gender, translated
This would have been a perfectly fine book if not for its dubious gender politics. For a full review, check out my blog, Strange Bookfellows--but be warned, the review does include an extended discussion of the book's three rape scenes: https://strangebookfellowsblog.wordpr... ...more
Annisa Anggiana
Nope. Not my cup of tea this one.
Dec 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: translation
thoughts coming shortly
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tarantino really needs to turn this into a movie! Or I will have to fly all the way over to Indonesia and do it. Not for everyone, but definitely for me!
Feb 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hearing this will be soon adapted by Edwin seems the right time for me to snatch this from my tbr pile. Seperti Dendam, Rindu Harus Dibayar Tuntas is so far my most liked of Eka's works. It provoked of how men's ego driven by their sexual organs. Challenging the notion of machismo, this book brought questions: how much does a man hold their worth by their masculinity? or how far a man's genital can do to impress?

Begins with the brotherhood between Ajo Kawir & Si Tokek, the young bloods explored
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Eka Kurniawan was born in Tasikmalaya in 1975 and completed his studies in the Faculty of Philosophy at Gadjah Mada University. He has been described as the “brightest meteorite” in Indonesia’s new literary firmament, the author of two remarkable novels which have brought comparisons to Salman Rushdie, Gabriel García Márquez and Mark Twain; the English translations of these novels were both publis ...more

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