Man Tiger

Man Tiger

Eka Kurniawan




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(Paperback with flaps | ISBN 9789386050250 | 192 pages | June 2016)


Longlisted for the Man Booker International Prize for Fiction 2016. A new bestseller from the prize-winning author of Beauty Is a Wound.
A wry, affecting tale set in a small town on the Indonesian coast, Man Tiger tells the story of two interlinked and tormented families and of Margio, a young man ordinary in all particulars except that he conceals within himself a supernatural female white tiger. The inequities and betrayals of family life coalesce around and torment this magical being. An explosive act of violence follows, and its mysterious cause is unravelled as events progress toward a heart-breaking revelation.
Lyrical and bawdy, experimental and political, this extraordinary novel announces the arrival of a powerful new voice on the global literary stage.


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‘[Man Tiger’s] explosive prose and provocative employment of fantastical elements will startle any reader.’
Huffington Post

‘Tight, focused and thrilling. Like a good crime novel, Man Tiger works best when read in a single sitting, and its propulsive suspense is all the more remarkable because Kurniawan reveals both victim and murderer in the first sentence.’
New York Times Book Review

‘A slim, wry story…at once elegant and bawdy, experimental, and political.’
—The Offing (from The LA Review of Books)

‘A supernatural tale of murder and desire fascinatingly subverts the crime genre…’

‘Kurniawan takes you into the places and lives of his characters so completely that you cannot stop reading for a second, not even for a pee break. (So it’s fortunate that the book is only 172 pages, because frankly, at my age, the kidneys cannot hold out indefinitely.)’.
—Asian Age

‘Despite its name and the tigress that’s moved into Margio, Man Tiger is not an excursion into magic realism. It’s just storytelling about life, and the book is so beautifully translated, so simply told and yet so captivating, that I wish I could read it in the original’.
—Asian Age

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About the author

Eka Kurniawan

Eka Kurniawan was born in Tasikmalaya, Indonesia in 1975. He studied philosophy at Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta. He has published several novels, including Beauty Is a Wound and Man Tiger (longlisted for the International Man Booker Prize, 2016), as well as short stories. His novels have been published in thirty-three languages, including English.

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