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Man Tiger: A Novel by Eka Kurniawan
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Man Tiger: A Novel (original 2004; edition 2015)

by Eka Kurniawan (Author), Benedict Anderson (Introduction)

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After half a century, writes renowned Indonesia scholar Benedict Anderson, Pramaoedya Ananta Toer has found a successor. Eka Kurniawan has been described as the brightest meteorite in Indonesia's new literary firmament, the author of two remarkable novels whose sheer beauty, elegance, cosmopolitanism, and ambition have brought comparisons not only to Pramaoedya, universally considered Indonesia's modern literary genius, but also to Salman Rushdie, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and Mark Twain. A new generation of young literary figures in Indonesia, emerging after decades of repressive dictatorship ended in 1998, is renewing the culture of the world's largest Muslim nation (and its language, which was only nationally instituted in 1945). Kurniawan's Beauty Is a Wound and Man-Tiger are the capstones of this movement. A slim, wry story set in an unnamed town near the Indian Ocean, Man-Tiger tells the story of two interlinked and tormented families, and of Margio, an ordinary half-city, half-rural youngster who also happens to be half-man, half-supernatural female white tiger (in many parts of Indonesia, magical tigers protect good villages and families). At once elegant and bawdy, experimental and political, Man-Tiger will help to establish Indonesia's new voice, underrepresented in world literature, while demonstrating the influence of world literature on Indonesian writers.… (more)
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Title:Man Tiger: A Novel
Authors:Eka Kurniawan (Author)
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Man Tiger: A Novel by Eka Kurniawan (Author) (2004)

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Well written, but I think some of the Indonesian author's words and ideas did not translate well into English. This is the story of a surprisingly violent murder in a small village, where a 20-year old boy-man tears open the throat of an older villager in the opening chapter. The rest of the book is spent providing the backstory of what motivated young Margio (the man tiger) to act as he did. I thought the book was well paced, but found the inconsistent timeline a bit hard to follow. ( )
  skipstern | Jul 11, 2021 |
Ijak #11

saya sangat menyukainya. Ceritanya bagus.
Diksinya suka. Walaupun aku merasa tidak ada keterikatan sama sekali dengan para tokohnya, tidak suka tidak benci datar saja.


Banyak sekali menggunakan kata "membikin" :( ( )
  Titut | Feb 10, 2020 |
In a review about Slimani's [b:The Perfect Nanny|36216983|The Perfect Nanny|Leïla Slimani|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1505063011s/36216983.jpg|52236126], the reviewer speaks of how the death of the baby as announced in the very first line of the book haunts the reader throughout. Man Tiger does the same, starting with a bang, to then unfold, with masterful suspense and storytelling, the story of a place, a village, a community. Harrowing, driven, wonderful. ( )
  erwinverb | Mar 16, 2018 |
Noir magical realism from Indonesia. The story fits and starts but eventually gets to where it is going, resolving nothing. ( )
1 vote kcshankd | Sep 10, 2017 |
"It wasn't me. There is a tiger inside my body"
By sally tarbox on 30 March 2017
Format: Kindle Edition
There are two halves to this novel: it opens with a murder - local youth Margio has killed a neighbour by biting him. There seems to explanation - Margio was dating the victim's daughter and relations appeared cordial. But for some time his sister has been aware of an inner fury in the boy:

"That was when Mameh caught sight of a reddish, spectral face, apparently covered in fur, a yellowish glint in its eyes. She heard an echoing roar and saw a white shadow dance in its pupils. She almost screamed before it disappeared again, settled behind a cage door that seemed to be shut tight. Margio had confined it, suppressed its savagery."

So far so magic-realism. But the second part is much more of a family tale, explaining the dysfunctional and poverty stricken home that Margio comes from, with violence and abuse a regular feature. And it comes to seem that the 'tiger' is perhaps a quite understandable rage in the boy at the difficulties his parents have brought on him...

Set against village life on the Indonesian coast, this was an extremely enjoyable and unusual read. ( )
  starbox | Mar 29, 2017 |
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Kurniawan, EkaAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Anderson, BenedictIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Heinschke, MartinaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Martignoni, MonicaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Naveau, EtienneTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sembiring, LabodalihTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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After half a century, writes renowned Indonesia scholar Benedict Anderson, Pramaoedya Ananta Toer has found a successor. Eka Kurniawan has been described as the brightest meteorite in Indonesia's new literary firmament, the author of two remarkable novels whose sheer beauty, elegance, cosmopolitanism, and ambition have brought comparisons not only to Pramaoedya, universally considered Indonesia's modern literary genius, but also to Salman Rushdie, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and Mark Twain. A new generation of young literary figures in Indonesia, emerging after decades of repressive dictatorship ended in 1998, is renewing the culture of the world's largest Muslim nation (and its language, which was only nationally instituted in 1945). Kurniawan's Beauty Is a Wound and Man-Tiger are the capstones of this movement. A slim, wry story set in an unnamed town near the Indian Ocean, Man-Tiger tells the story of two interlinked and tormented families, and of Margio, an ordinary half-city, half-rural youngster who also happens to be half-man, half-supernatural female white tiger (in many parts of Indonesia, magical tigers protect good villages and families). At once elegant and bawdy, experimental and political, Man-Tiger will help to establish Indonesia's new voice, underrepresented in world literature, while demonstrating the influence of world literature on Indonesian writers.

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A wry, affecting tale set in a small town on the Indonesian coast, Man Tiger tells the story of 2 interlinked and tormented families and of Margio, a young man ordinary in all particulars cexcept 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 heartbreaking revelation.
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