Where Tigers are at Home

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Winner of the Prix Médicis, this multifaceted literary novel follows the Jesuit scholar Athanasius Kircher across 17th century Europe and Eleazard von Wogau, a retired French correspondent, through modern Brazil.
When Eleazard begins editing a strange, unpublished biography of Kircher, the rest of his life seems to begin unraveling—his ex-wife goes on a dangerous geological expedition to Mato Grosso; his daughter abandons school to ...

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Winner of the Prix Médicis, this multifaceted literary novel follows the Jesuit scholar Athanasius Kircher across 17th century Europe and Eleazard von Wogau, a retired French correspondent, through modern Brazil.
When Eleazard begins editing a strange, unpublished biography of Kircher, the rest of his life seems to begin unraveling—his ex-wife goes on a dangerous geological expedition to Mato Grosso; his daughter abandons school to travel with her young professor and her lesbian lover to an indigenous beach town, where the trio use drugs and form interdependent sexual relationships; and Eleazard himself starts losing his sanity, escalated by loneliness, and his work on the biography. Patterns begin to emerge from these interwoven narratives, which develop toward a mesmerizing climax.
Shortlisted for the Goncourt Prize and the European Book Award, and already translated into 14 languages, Where Tigers Are At Home is large-scale epic, at once literary and entertaining, that belongs in the company of Umberto Eco and Haruki Murakami.

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"Late in de Roblès’ remarkable novel, a tribal shaman chants, “Soon the Messenger will guide us to that mountain where visions cascade down uninterruptedly.” This dazzling book is itself such a mountain, overflowing with visions that dramatically enlarge the reader’s imaginative horizons." —Booklist (starred review)

"Psychodrama meets history meets mystery—vintage Umberto Eco territory, as practiced by French philosophy professor turned novelist Blas de Roblès." —Kirkus

“This encyclopedic and mystifying novel, full of picaresque adventures, delights and fascinates…Umberto Eco revised by Malcolm Lowry for Indiana Jones, with a bit of ‘The African Queen’ and Claude Levi-Strauss in Amazonia…An 800 page chameleon. A marvelous, dizzying galaxy, spiraling to the end of the novel.” —Patrick Grainville, Le Figaro littéraire

"Where Tigers are at Home repeatedly surprises- and, despite its occasional violence...is far from a depressing take on the human condition. A very good adventure tale- of both the intellectual and traditional kind-, Where Tigers are at Home is creative fiction of a very high order." —Complete Review

"Already translated into 14 languages, this is a novel that will stay with you longer than others." —Advocate

“Jean-Marie Blas de Robles toys with illustrious references and manhandles magical realism with bookish irreverence. Where Tigers Are At Home is a work of raucous erudition, and an enormously ambitious and amusing palimpsest.” —Clara Dupont-Monod, Marianne

“[A] freewheeling narrative that mixes adventure yarn, magic realism, social comment, political satire, high ideas, popular culture and a standard injection of sadism and sex...Long in the making, this clever, exuberant philosophical novel [shows] that we do not live in a protected Eden but in a land where power is king and tigers are more at home than we are.” —David Coward, Times Literary Supplement

"Those of you who stay with Blas de Robles' ultimately quite satisfying novel will find yourselves with a new European literary star to steer by." —Tri States Radio

"Blas de Roblès simultaneously channels Umberto Eco, Indiana Jones, and Jorge Amado...what begins as a faux metabiography turns to picaresque adventure with erotic escapades, scams, and unexpected changes of fortune...this sprawling novel depicts 'the absurdity beneath which the criminal stupidity of men generally hides.'" —Publishers Weekly

"A massive tale of intrigue spanning centuries, with 17th century scholar and man of dubious science Athanasius Kircher at its heart." —Three Percent

"This novel is a quite satisfying read, one of best novels I suspect that will appear in English, in the original or translation, in 2013." —Three Percent

"Modern stories alternate between the characters with cliffhanger endings, not to be resolved until several chapters later...Each thread of the story becomes increasingly interesting as they all move toward a connection...Highly recommended." —Historical Novel Society

"...Where Tigers Are at Home is a great enough work that I would gladly travel through its treacherous pages again."—Rain Taxi Review of Books

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590516768
  • Publisher: Other Press, LLC
  • Publication date: 2/18/2014
  • Pages: 830
  • Sales rank: 707,234
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Born in 1954, Jean-Marie Blas de Roblès was a lecturer in philosophy at universities in Brazil, China, and Italy and, finally, for the Alliance Française in Taiwan. His first literary publication was a volume of short stories in 1982, followed by two novels, after which he turned to writing full time. An avid traveller, Blas de Roblès also edits a series of books on archaeology, and is a member of the French Archaeological Mission.

Mike Mitchell has translated over fifty titles including works by Goethe, Meyrink, Adolf Loos, and Oskar Kokoschka. Several of his translations have been shortlisted for awards, including three short listings for The Oxford Weidenfeld Translation Prize. Most recently Mitchell has been shortlisted for the Kurt Wolff Prize for his translation of Thomas Bernhard's Over All the Mountain Tops. In 1998, he was awarded the Schlegel-Tieck Prize for best German translation for Herbert Rosendorfer's Letters Back to Ancient China.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2015


    Personally not a big fan of using real rps anymore for fanfics, but this is okay. Good grammar, good plot building. Just, not how some of these cats should react.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2015

    DarkRose of The Immortals to Shadowwing

    You may pt my group in your story, and you have all rights of making crushes and mates and kits.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2015


    You can use my kit, do what ever mates paw what ever. If you do powers... she will warm the coldest heart (not for real like warm him up rest is up to you bro!!) Good luck!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2015

    Star &star

    Can you use this character; <p>

    Name: Dogclaw. <br>
    Age: 16 moons. <br>
    Gender: Female. <br>
    Rank: Warrior. <br>
    Appearance: She looks exactly like Tigerstar. <br>
    Personality: Nice, kind, brave, tough. <br>
    Other: She is the great, great, great, great, grand daughter of Tigerstar. She is loyal to her clan though and hates when cats don't trust her. Please make something in the book about her and Tigerstar in battle or something. <p>

    This is really good, please use Dogclaw and hope you make the next chapter soon!!!&#9786 <br>
    ~Star &star

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2015

    TiIgerstar's Revenge: Chapter 1

    The cats of Fireclan were sleeping. Icefur, the whtefurred medcat, was not onlpy sleeping, but being visited. By Starclan. She was in a clearing in a forest. But she wasn'y alone. Thete were two other cats. A green eyed tom with orange fur and a dark gray furred, blue eyed female were there. Both had stars in their fur "H-hello? Who are you?" She had seen many Starclan cats, but these we're unfamiliar to her. "I am Firestar. And this Bluestar." The orange tom gestured with his tail to the other cat. "We are former leaders of the Thunderclan." "Why have I never seen you before?" Icefur asked. "We roamed the forest a long time ago." Bluestar explained. "And we have come to warn you." "Warn me? Of what?" Icefur was confused. They had been prospering and no clan had raided them in a long time. "Of Tigerstar, young one." Firestar said. "He has found a way to communicate from Hell. We fear he may soon escape." "Woah, woah, woah. Back up a bit. You mean /the/ Tigerstar? The most evil cat in the history of all the clans?" She asked incredously. "Yes." Was the simple reply. "But I thought you killed him." She said to Firestar. "I did." He said matter of factly. "But when I killed him, he went to a place called Hell. That is where deceased Dark Forest cats go." Bluestar interjected, "We thought he would never be able to harm any cats or communicate with them again, but it appears we were wrong." Icefur was shocked. "You mean...he could... come back?" "Yes. That is why we told you." Bluestar walked up next to her. "You must warn your clanmates. " "Wht out other clans?" "Other Starclan cats have warned them. Lime we wafned you." Firestar replied. "To defeat the rising evil, you must unite or darkness will take over you all." The cats walked away. "Wait! What does that mean?" Icefur ran after them but they ha dissapeared. She jerked awake. *I have to tell Dawnstar.* She thought. She walked out of the med cat den and into the main camp. It was sunrise and cats were begining to stir. She quickly headed over to Dawnstar's den. "Dawnstar?" "Yes?" Dawnstar said wearily. She raised her head and blinked several times. "I have something to tell you." <p> Platinum was in a sunny meadow stalking a mouse when a large tom came over. "Who are you?" Platinum asked, unsheathing her claws. "I am Tigerstar. And I hve a proposition for you, leader of Bloodclan." "What is it?" She asked impatiently. "Will you help me take over all the clans?" He asked. "What!?" Platinum was shocked. "There are too many. I mean, Bloodclan is strong enough to take three on easily, but how my clans are there? Ten? Twelve? Twenty?" "Ah, but you will have the help of the Dark Forest and Hell." "CanI think about it?" Platinum asked. "I will be back tomorrow." The tom dissapeared and Platinum woke up. <p> I hope you like it! All charcater apps or suggestions are welcome. And all clans will come in eventualy. Thaks for your comments. And could someone please advertise for me at Into the Wild and Dovewing's Silence? I am locked out of both of them. Thanks! Three comments and I will continue. ~Shadowwing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2015


    KEEP GOING!! or else i will go crazy.

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