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Winner of the 2016 Financial Times Emerging Voices Award, and longlisted for the 2016 Man Booker International Prize

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 unraveled as events progress toward a heartbreaking revelation.

Lyrical and bawdy, experimental and political, this extraordinary novel announces the arrival of a powerful new voice on the global literary stage.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781781688595
Publisher: Verso Books
Publication date: 09/15/2015
Edition description: Translatio
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

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, as well as short stories. His novels have been published in a number of languages, including English.

Labodalih Sembiring is a freelance features reporter for English-language publications, a writer of fiction in English and Indonesian, an amateur photographer, and a landscape designer.

Customer Reviews

Man Tiger 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Surreal journey through times and perspectives with an abrupt, yet satisfying conclusion.
BrandieC More than 1 year ago
Of the 68 reviews on Goodreads of Man Tiger, by Eka Kurniawan, only a handful are written in English by reviewers who do not also speak Indonesian. This is a shame because Man Tiger, and Kurniawan, deserve a wider audience. Verso Books is known primarily as the publisher of nonfiction works in such areas as cultural, literary, social, and political theory, and it has now expanded its expertise in translation to the world of fiction. Given its leftist slant, it is not surprising that Verso's newest fiction author comes from a part of the world which is all but forgotten by a majority of English-speaking readers, and it is to be applauded for publishing this fascinating peek at Indonesian village and family life. My concern is that Verso's radical left reputation may dissuade more politically and socially conservative readers from picking up Man Tiger. Kurniawan will hook them once they open the cover (which is itself quite eye-catching with four deep claw marks in its red-orange background), but first we have to get the book into their hands. I will be championing this book among my friends, and I hope readers of this review will join me. I received a free copy of Man Tiger through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.