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Man Tiger

Man Tiger

Translated by Labodalih Sembiring

Published by Verso Books

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.

Eka Kurniawan is the author of two novels, two collections of short stories, and a critical appreciation of Pramoedya Ananta Toer. He has also written movie scripts and a graphic novel. He studied philosophy at Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta, and lives in Jakarta. 

Labodalih Sembiring was born in Binjai, Indonesia, in 1983. He studied English Literature before embarking upon a career as a features journalist, travel blogger, and translator. Today he manages a tiny garden while helping to raise public awareness about the importance of eating organic foods.

Man Tiger