Where Tigers Are at Home

Where Tigers Are at Home

Book - 2011
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A writer's family life unravels when he begins editing an odd, unpublished biography, his ex-wife embarks on a dangerous geological expedition, his daughter travels on sexually charged trips, and the writer descends into madness.
Publisher: New York : Other Press, ©2011
ISBN: 9781590515624
Branch Call Number: BLASDER
Characteristics: 817 p. ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Mitchell, Mike (Translator)


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diesellibrarian Jul 10, 2013

The brief summary does no justice to this remarkable, expansive work. It will appeal to fans of GGM and Jose Saramago for its lyrical quality and sweaty tropical setting. The author uses several distinct but interconnected narratives to paint a haunting picture of post-colonial northeastern Brazil: thugs, favelas and uncharted jungles, drug-addled youth, and a corrupt and power-hungry ruling class. Interspersed though the narrative are passages from a (possibly spurious) biography of 17th-century ecclesiastical figure Athanasius Kircher, a Jesuit priest who, despite a wide-ranging intellect, managed draw the wrong conclusions about almost everything he studied. With a masterful hand and an unflinching gaze, Blas de Robles weaves these incongruous threads into a powerful story that sticks with the reader for days.

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