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ISBN: OCLC Number: Notes: Novel. Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. [S.l.]: HathiTrust Digital Library. Tag: eka kurniawan lelaki harimau pdf He later published a novel titled Beautiful That Luka in , thirteen years later became the subject of. The focus includes gender-related words gadis, perempuan (female), and lelaki ( male) in Lelaki Harimau, a fictional novel by Eka. Kurniawan.
Sayangnya itu tidak berlangsung lama, bayi itu harus dilahirkan lebih awal dan ternyata tidak berumur panjang. Lelaki harimau. Then he closed the door. It's also the story of how one young man comes to a breaking point when confronted with the suffering of his family and loved ones. The Unwinding: Archipel, 28, 99
Parnickel and V. Braginsky achieved important results in reconstructing the system of regional animistic images, which root into the undiscovered past of the Indonesian islands. For example, due to their works we can also comprehend the role of the ship image in Malay tradition and the powerful clown-figures punokawan of the Javanese shadow plays in theatre, oral tradition and its transformations in the modern Indonesian literature.
With the developing of literature studies in Nusantara, we can continue to fill in the information gap about other images and signs, which mark the whole Indonesian culture and represent the mindset of the native people. The article deals with the idea of rediscover three images of Indonesian culture: The subject deals with cultural particularities of animistic symbols, their enrichment through the influence of the other cultures.
Theory The Archaic and the Tradition Pre-writing tradition of Nusantara includes oral folktales cerita rakyat , magic spells mantra, guna-guna , shadow plays wayang purwo. From the linguistic perspective, two main court and high-literary languages have been used, Malay and Javanese each in its old form.
Information about animism is taken from the Malay texts because of the historical lingua franca role of Malay language as a mediator; some of the examples are taken from Malay translations of original Javanese texts cerita Panji , with its core in theatrical performances wayang kulit.
Ancient myths, mirrored in shadow plays, folktales and first written literature, collect the images of the Universe. The main features of this picture are the following.
Those figures, as proofed, also known as Punokawan, are the mighty spirits of the volcanoes and the hosts of the Java Island in disguise, the ancient fertility deities.
These patterns formed inseparable with Hinduism and Buddhism, which did not eliminate the strong animistic basic and the beliefs in ghosts and evil spirits, and the divinization of the natural objects. But the Islamization brought new perspective for these powerful images. Preserving the old meanings of them, such as defeating the beast meant the initiation of the hero, Sufi tradition from the Middle East added the other significant meaning. The defeated beast begins to mean the defeated wreath in the ones heart, nafsu ammarah.
The Modernity In our opinion, the segment of the recognized modern Indonesian literature before the Independence the Balai Pustaka and the Pujangga Baru generations cannot provide the sufficient base of archaic symbols due to its turn to the Western narrative strategies and its explore of the Western styles of the literature.
The rich experiments of early Indonesian writers and poets, however, can ensure the great themes of other cultural studies. Their works open good opportunities of interpretation of the traditional symbols in the contemporary literature.
The novel was published in the mid-seventies, and we will not reflect about its content in here much, because of numerous studies about this masterpiece of new Indonesian literature. Here lies the idea of the traditional literature — the defeat of the nafsu ammara, the Sufi concept of the animal nature of the human beings, the dark side of their souls, and the destructive chaos.
The contemporary writer Eka Kurniawan born in gives different perspective on the tiger image. The family background of the main character, young anti-hero Margio, recalls the. The gloomy backlight and the dense narrative reveal the unpleasant scenes of provincial life as the grotesque. Expressive Franz Kafka-motives are about to break in.
The shamanic gift, inherited from the grandfather, gives Margio the power of supernatural power possession. Not alike the young Buyung character from Mochtar Lubis novel, Margio surrenders to the chaotic power and commits a crime, scene of which show up in the first chapter: The proof of the plot element about the magical shamanic bound of the grandson and the grandfather is caused by the less formal communication between them and is found in the works of anthropologists Frazer, , p.
Grandfather talked a lot about genies of both sexes, but the most incredible story was about the tiger. Totemism gets humans closer to animals. Then the plot gets to the breaking of the level according to Eliade. After the obtaining the shamanic gift Margio becomes bloodthirsty, turns to the wild beast, crossing over the worlds of the humans and of the spirits. Till now some societies believe that the mental decease can be caused by the possession of the evil spirits: At the same time the description of the tiger-spirit is not threatening: The main core of the novel is made by the means of deconstruction, the complex method of collection and dismantling.
The fall of the young hero resembles the modern and post-modern philosophical ideas of the chaotic rule of dark matters. To underline this, Eka Kurniawan uses dark red paint in the descriptions. According to tradition, like wayang, the red face of giants raksasa is a spot of wreath and reckless minds.
In Sufi tradition, nafsu — or the animal soul of humans — can be displayed as images of strange beasts and visions like the mouse escaping from the throat Schimmel, , p. The modification of nafsu — nafsu ammarah is ones angry soul, the image of it can be seen apart from the body.
The Path to this is commonly called tarikat. We can say that Margio is turned to be an anti-hero, anti-adept, who goes down the anti-path anti-tarikat.
The post-human Margio is back to the animal nature of its far ancestors. The chaos in our souls is the tiger. This warning of Eka Kurniawan is a masterpiece of new Indonesian literature, undoubtedly.
The Sea and the Volcano — remythologization of the Javanese spiritual duality The opposite process of the deconstruction is the conservation the tradition by keeping it up-dated and up-graded in order to fit the nowadays needs and aspirations. It seems that Budi Sardjono adopted some Romanism features, like romantic irony and humor, and put his protagonist, journalist Sam, in between the reality and the fantastic realm of Javanese spirits and mighty deities, like Kyai Sapu Jagad and Nyai Roro Kidul.
Addressing the wide audience Budi Sardjono introduces the bizarre world of Javanese beliefs to his readers, and the main pathos of his novels it aimed to save the tradition to the next generations.
The duality of Javanese mysticism roots in general Austronesian myths about the Great Opposites, the sky and the earth, the peak of the mountain and the sea bottom, and also about the sun and the moon, their sacred marriage and close kinship. The Warden of the Volcano Merapi is represented in multiplied images of all-mighty deity and in some human-like figures, like Kang Petruk. The wayang-alike character helps the protagonist save the inhabitants of the Merapi mountain slopes to escape from the eruption.
A lot of studies are devoted to Semar, Petruk, Gareng, Bagong as main punokawan characters in Javanese wayang. The change of their names in some sources in cerita Panji texts they are called Persanta, Jerude, Punta, Cemuris etc.
Semar and his clown company descended to the earth to guide the royal princes and to save. Being close to common people, Semar is responsible for the whole Java land, he is its spirit and its emblem Kresna, , p. Hosts of sakti power, Semar and other punokawan are related to the places of its concentration — the mountains and the volcanoes. Volcano can display the whole Universe — the Upper world at its peak and the Underworld in its craters.
Tantu Panggelaran, the mythological Javanese chronic, mention the God Brahma striking the iron in the crater of volcano, named after him — Bromo Parnickel, , p. Folk culture enabled the Indian God to be the magician and the blacksmith. Sometimes this deity is called after the second popular punokawan — Petruk. Sweeping the world, the Master keeps it clean and in balance.
The plurality of the same object is the common case in animism. Nature is not the opposite for the humans — on the contrary, they are isomorphic and can be mutually transformed and manifest in each other.
The last one is represented in the novel like the adviser and the guardian of the Merapi crater. Actually, Sam arrives in the old-times Yogyakarta city. The Cave of Petruk is the boiling crater of Merapi, and its master feeds his oven with human bodies to keep the fire in balance. However, in Java the power over the fire and the metal means nothing bad — on the contrary, the blacksmiths are closer to the divine; they can obtain the sakti power and other magic skills. The underworld blacksmith Kyai Petruk is keeping the harmony and the balance of the Universe, as his close friend and alliance Nyai Roro Kidul does.
This honorific name is not the only one. Ricklefs mentioned a dozen of them: Ricklefs p. The name used in the novel is Nyai Roro Kidul. Nyai matches Kyai and makes the opposite of Male and Female.
Myths of her origin often reveal the story of a skin disease, which made the royal girl throw herself from the cliff into the sea. The skin disease is the mark of her snake-like nature and the rudiment of the former hypothetically existed snake cult she can be also referred as Nagini from Indian origin. Snake nature helps her to keep a sharp eye on all the gold and treasures hidden in the earth Jordan, Chthonic image of the goddess links with the female, cold archetype of the ocean, the symbol of the cosmic chaos.
The water has a double nature as a source of life and death at the same time. It is no coincidence that the Javanese think of the danger not because of the volcano, but the ocean. They believe that the drowned and the victims of a shipwreck are taken as servants of Nyai to the sea bottom.
Not alike Dewi Durga, Nyai Roro Kidul does not have her wayang figure or mask, but is commonly represented as a wise and beautiful lady of ripe age, wearing gorgeous Javanese dress of the turquoise color.
Budi Sardjono creates her image according to these beliefs. He also did not forget about the sacred marriage: The belief is circulating till now: Despite the conversion to Islam, the Island of Java keeps the belief in the sea and volcano deities. There is also told that then the Master is out of Java, the role of the warden overcomes to the sea goddess.
This superstition is in harmony with the main principles of the Javanese dualism Geertzp, , p. The modern novel demonstrates the actuality of the basic archetypes for the Javanese, and, of course, for the other ethnics of Indonesia. The motivation for the creating such characters, as the ancient deities, lies in the concept of the retained balance of the archaic culture as much as in the conscious chose of stylization.
The archaic patterns, the myths and the original images are also known as archetypes of the human psyche. Appeal to the constant opposites and balance in our lives helps to revive and to rehabilitate the well-known symbols of Java and to strengthen the all-Indonesian cultural identity. Budi Sardjono tells about the new search of the roots and the new attempt to adopt the past.
Conclusion Chosen novels are representing three basic concepts of Indonesian culture, coded in symbols. There are three big worlds: New paradigm brought the Sufi. What are they? Rinaldo They are wolf-like hounds. Regina Ibrahim Yes.. See all 3 questions about Man Tiger…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. Sort order. This small novel turned out to be one of the most moving reads of for me. It took a while for me to accept its rhythms and to realize that this book has been completely misunderstood by anyone who thinks the tiger living within Margio has anything to do with making this a book of fantasy--this novel instead feels like a glimpse of the real world, from the perspective of those living in a small village on an Indonesian coastline.
It feels like a place where belief in the supernatural fits ea This small novel turned out to be one of the most moving reads of for me. It feels like a place where belief in the supernatural fits easily into the natural world.
It's a place full of life, where for instance a garden grows so abundantly that the village feels in danger of being taken over at any moment by the jungle; where the spirits of the dead make their demands on the living; where animals both natural and supernatural inhabit the empty places just next to civilization. It's also the story of how one young man comes to a breaking point when confronted with the suffering of his family and loved ones.
It's a story grounded in a squalid reality, for all its supernatural overtones. The lives of the women in this novel in particular are lovingly drawn, breathtakingly humane, heartbreaking.
The village itself is as much a character in this brief novel as any of the people inhabiting it and the lifelong relationships between characters unfold in a pace that is somehow both languid and breathless. In the end what feels digressive suddenly becomes central to understanding its extraordinary conclusion. View all 7 comments. Feb 16, Mary rated it it was amazing Shelves: In the opening line we are told that one man brutally kills another. The magic-realism label barely applies here, I think.
The story feels very real and very sad. A young man is brought to breaking point much the way people of colonized countries are brought there. The pent-up reac In the opening line we are told that one man brutally kills another. The pent-up reaction is often vicious and misdirected. Kurniawan also spoke of the accepted brutality that is inflicted upon women in the name of culture and tradition.
Marital rape mimics the rape of country; when you watch your mother beaten, when you watch your country taken, when people are not given a choice, they will snap. And so they should. Having read both books, I can easily say that Man Tiger is the superior novel. View all 4 comments. A person kills only from an impulse that springs from his blood and sinews, from the vestiges of ancient struggles. In The Beast Within Les Rougon-Macquart , Zola posited that t A person kills only from an impulse that springs from his blood and sinews, from the vestiges of ancient struggles.
In The Beast Within Les Rougon-Macquart , Zola posited that the human proclivity for vengeance and the unleashing of violent urges that end in a crime, are primarily borne through heredity. Atavistic bloodthirsty instincts -primitive in its beastly origins- lay dormant, but could resurface to avenge immoral and malevolent wrongs.
In the case of the 'Man Tiger,' mental and physical brutality to women is on trial. Set in an unknown Indonesian town, Man Tiger follows old folklore stories from Eka Kurniawan's youth, about tigers that live in villages and are guardians of their families.
He weaves a very vivid tale of a small community socially structured by patriarchal dominance, depicting domestic violence at the heart of the matter which play out tragically and all too real. This psychological thriller isn't that classic crime novel rife with the usual suspects since it begins with a bold line announcing the murder and the murderer from the start, and blends such violence with a typical day in the life of youth: Featuring two families over two generations with its main character Margio unaware of, and possessed by, the sleeping beast within - a vengeful white tigress and supernatural creature inherited from his grandfather- Kurniawan unites the passion of coming-of-age, the desire to protect loved ones and the blinding rage of unplanned murder.
Margio, a child of domestic rape, grows up embittered toward his father for his frequent absences, and hating the same for the brutal sexual and physical abuse of his mother. She never thought of leaving him In a well manipulated story arc, Margio's resentment toward Sadat parallels the rage for his father, inciting the 'tigress' to roar out of her dormancy. Unlike the historical political map and complex magical realm of 'Beauty', Man Tiger is more contained in its plot structure, barely expressing Jakarta's history but realistically illuminating a hierarchical small town life still gripped in patriarchal hold.
It is straightforward Asian noir, progressively paced in suspense, simple and exciting in its goth rendering and short enough to get through in a day. Read June View all 8 comments. Jan 09, Warwick rated it liked it Shelves: This dreamy, meandering novel is written around a murder in a quiet Indonesian village, a crime whose victim and perpetrator are both given away in the opening sentence.
Darting backwards and forwards in great swirls of flashbacks and foreshadowings, the story fills in the connections between the two characters and their families, gradually building up a kind of pointillist image of the town and the various tensions that led to the killing. The young man at the centre of the book is possessed by This dreamy, meandering novel is written around a murder in a quiet Indonesian village, a crime whose victim and perpetrator are both given away in the opening sentence.
Actually this has nowhere near the same level of complexity or linguistic dexterity at least in translation ; but anyway, the magic realism angle seems to be a bit of a red herring, since the main value here is not in the fantasy elements but rather in the naturalistic portrait of Indonesian village life, a life of boar hunts with wild dogs, snakes in the allamanda trees, prayers in the surau, cockfights in the ruins of an abandoned railway station, and the quiet desperation of families running on routine domestic violence.
What the novel illustrates, through its very sensitive portrayal of the two central families, is the way that violence within a family can scale up to violence within a community.
For those with a little knowledge of Indonesian history, there may be an implicit invitation to scale up again, and make a connection with violence within the country as a whole. Though politics is not mentioned directly, the region's history is present in various fossilised elements within the story, like the rusted samurai sword left over from the Japanese occupation that's being dragged around by the protagonist in the opening chapter.
The English translation from Labodalih Sembiring is excellent and reads extremely naturally, despite the fact that the world it describes is often quite an alien one.
But the underlying emotions are as familiar as ever, and Kurniawan has found some beautiful new ways to get at the same old bittersweet wisdom: View 2 comments.
Nov 30, Sidharth Vardhan rated it really liked it Shelves: Even if you leave alone magical realism, there is a hint of Marquez in this author's prose. If that doesn't sell the book, I don't know what will. Just look at this: In fact, the story itself is a retelling of an ancient myth. The story itself, told in a non-linear manner and from a shifting point of view, though is very simple - that of two dysfunctional families.
The tiger seemed to me no more than symbol of repressed anger of a kid over domestic violence child becomes tiger the way Bruce becomes hulk and mistreatment of his mother and about how hard and violent instincts of a community which has found peace after long period of violent disturbances and wars; find new ways to show up animal hunting games, fighting games for youth, domestic violence. The post-war atmosphere shows up as a theme in many other ways the retired major, rusted samurai swords, the army needing local criminals to have their fun with etc.
While the tigress coming out of a man is an obvious example, the other example would be that of his sister: The most moving novel that I read in I haven't written a review for this because I'm still literally speechless.
All I can say is that Kurniawan wrote a novel for the many, many voiceless women in third world countries. Is it inevitable that oppressed people often oppress those that are weaker women, children, disabled, elderly, animals This short novel is divided into five parts.
In Part One we hear that a murder happened in a small unnamed Javanese village. Margio, a young man kill The most moving novel that I read in Margio, a young man killed his neighbour, the middle-aged Anwar Sadat, but nobody knows why. In Part Two, we learn about "the tiger. Part Three looks into the past of some characters, while Part Four leads to the climatic event. Finally in Part Five, all the pieces fall into place and we learn why the murder happened.
I loved the imagery of this book. I was lucky to have read this in the original Indonesian text and Kurniawan really brought forth what Javanese village life is like. The old man at the fish pond. The motorbike wobbling through the rice fields. The serabi pancake sellers in the morning. The kite flyers and dove gamblers in the fields. And the young men and their dogs returning to the village after hunting pigs. The author's narrative voice flows very smooth like water.
Kurniawan depicts how superstition is part of the villagers' life and that it is often the only way for them to explain the unexplainable. Or maybe they can guess and already know what really happened, but telling the legend of the tiger is a kinder and less offensive way to explain things. But more interesting than the tiger, I thought was this book's presentation of gender relations. Village girls are married off at a young age because their parents want it and because everybody else in the village is doing it.
The girls are too young to understand what they are getting themselves into. Some will come across the horrors of domestic violence. How entitled man can feel towards woman. How woman quietly accepts her "fate," yet still harbors a deep, vengeful resentment against man which could explode, who knows? Kurniawan presents the ugly and it is very uncomfortable. In a society where people are too polite and indirect to talk about the ugly, I'm glad Kurniawan penned this novel. Painting by Raden Saleh.
View all 5 comments. Mar 10, Nancy Oakes rated it it was amazing. The short version follows; if you want the chatty cathy version, you can always click here. Man Tiger is just flat-out amazing, which is probably one reason it's been listed for the Man Booker International Prize for Not only does this story move back and forth through time to get to the core of this tale, it also incorporates local folklore and mythology 4.
Not only does this story move back and forth through time to get to the core of this tale, it also incorporates local folklore and mythology to help in doing so.
It's a novel a person can read not just as the story of a crime, but also as a story about Indonesia as viewed through a number of different perspectives. The book is also an incredible example of storytelling -- I am not exaggerating when I say that this is a novel that I could not put down.
Intriguingly, Man Tiger begins with a vicious crime, about which the news spreads quickly throughout the small Indonesian coastal town where this book is set. It comes as a shock that Margio 20 , has killed Anwar Sadat the older victim. Margio was well known to everyone in this small Indonesian coastal town, and no one had pegged him as a particularly violent person.
In fact, the only bad thing anyone could come up with about him was that he had been known to steal chickens. Even these, though, belonged to his father, and it was widely known that the theft was done "out of spite.
While it's true that "People attacked with their teeth, particularly when women fought each other," death by biting just didn't happen. Machetes, swords, yes -- but not teeth. The crime itself was not premeditated; Margio says that "The idea came to him all of a sudden, as a burst of light in his brain. It poured out and steered him, encouraging him to kill.
At least, that's the easy explanation of this story, which also explores people tied together and in some cases, trapped by tragedy and by the past. This book is part crime story, part exploration of a country still haunted and angered by its past, and when all is said and done, it's an intense read. Highly, highly recommended. Padahal beberapa karyanya ada beberapa yang udah dimiliki?
Seakan perlu waktu untuk mempersiapkan diri. Kalau buku ini nggak ada yang mau beli cepat, mungkin masih belum dibaca juga. Dan ternyata setelah dibaca, ceritanya memang bagus banget. Meski padat narasi, asyik aja bacanya dan nggak ada rasa bosan. Sempat mual juga waktu baca bagian yang mengerikan 4,8 Stars Kenapa baru kali ini ya baca bukunya Eka Kurniawan? Sempat mual juga waktu baca bagian yang mengerikan itu. Tapi untunglah nggak terus-terusan dibahas.
Aku juga merasa beruntung dapatnya kover yang ini. Karena ternyata ada edisi kover yang benar-benar menyeramkan! Yang kurang buatku cuma masalah setting. Itu di Indonesia bagian mana ya tepatnya? Kadang rasanya kayak di pelosoooook banget, tapi waktu bapaknya Margio masih muda malah rasanya jauh lebih modern ketimbang masa kanak-kanak dan dewasa Margio.
Aku juga sebenarnya berharap kisah harimau itu lebih dieksplor lagi biar semakin memuaskan rasa ingin tahu. Lain-lainnya udah pas. Aku suka banget dengan cara Eka memperkenalkan karakternya berikut kisah hidupnya: Dan dari sana aku mulai berangan-angan seandainya si akar masalah itu nggak terjadi mungkin nggak akan ada tragedi keluarga macam itu. Entah siapa yang lebih malang nasibnya.
I've been to the tutorial for this book and now I'm an intellectual. I was incredibly excited to read it, because it was a first and also because I've heard good things about this book out and about. It's was shortlisted for the Man Book I've been to the tutorial for this book and now I'm an intellectual. It's was shortlisted for the Man Booker prize in I find literary books hard to rate often times, because there's a weird dichotomy between value and enjoyment.
I didn't fly through this book, I didn't find it entertaining like I would find the usual books I read but I'm not sure if that's an excuse me to take away it's value or rate it low.
It's a well written book and cultural examination. Man Tiger is set in coastal Indonesia, following a boy called Margio who's got a white tiger inside of him. On the first page we found out he - or his inner white tiger - killed a man, and on the last page we find out why. We know he's done it, and the book follows the series of events and people that led him to that moment. It is an ownvoices book that heavily incorporates Indonesian - specifically Javan, culture, beliefs and a mixture of Islamic, Hindu and Buddhist religious beliefs.
A note and warning - there is graphic and explicit rape, domestic violence, infant death due to violence, parental violence toward a child and also general graphic violence. I found a lot of this book really hard to stomach and found lots of it very uncomfortable. Violence is a core theme, symbolised through the white tiger and while the violence often comes as an exploration of toxic masculinity and Indonesia's often violent past, as well as Indonesian cultural expectations, it was still really hard to read I genuinely disliked the representation of women in Man Tiger.
The preface of this book argues that Man Tiger contains Kurniawan's most detailed female characters, so I really don't like to think what is in his other books. The women were objects to be exploited, tropey and objectified and I really didn't think they were well written.
The timeline is non-linear, and jumps around quite a bit which can be confusing, but which also lends to some great scenes and allows the story to unfold in a really unique way. I loved to get a glimpse of Javan life and Indonesian literatures through Man Tiger - the way that the religions coexisted and manifested in the society was fascinating and I also liked Kurniawan's attempt to depict the "true" Java and not "post card" Java. The postcard Indonesia is very prominent in Australia and it was nice to see an Indonesian writer tackling this perception of Indonesia.
Man Tiger is one of those books I'd recommend, and I think has good literary value and it very well written but I wouldn't reread. View 1 comment. Suatu hari Margio membunuh Anwar Sadat tetangganya sampai lehernya nyaris putus. Tidak tanggung-tanggung, ia melakukannya dengan gigi sendiri dan saat ditanya anak itu hanya mengaku telah dirasuki harimau buas. Pembunuhnya ditangkap, korbannya dikubur, satu desa tercengang, dan cerita selesai sampai di situ.
Tidak ada proses investigasi ala detektif atau penelusuran lebih lanjut pasca kejadian, insiden itu jadi titik awal sekaligus akhir dari kisah Lelaki Harimau. Namun ini cerita yang sangat kay Suatu hari Margio membunuh Anwar Sadat tetangganya sampai lehernya nyaris putus. Namun ini cerita yang sangat kaya, setiap karakternya jadi gerbang jalur labirin yang belit-membelit sampai ke klimaks itu, sifat-sifat manusia diiris dan dibedah dengan pisau psikologis yang tajam, semua lanskap terlukis oleh warna-warni kata realis sekaligus magis.
Bukan novel spiritual apalagi mistis, harimau yang bersemayam dalam tubuh itu tidak banyak diceritakan, mungkin itu hanya alegori dari amarah atau mungkin memang siluman jadi-jadian, apapun itu tidak terlalu penting. Saya sadar ketika menutup buku ini bahwa cerita yang diangkat memang simpel. Hubungan sebab-akibat antar tokohnya tidak menawarkan sesuatu yang baru, motif-motifnya terlalu jelas dan biasa, apalagi setting ceritanya di perkampungan yang kompleksitasnya tidak begitu variatif.
Tapi ketika saya membuka buku itu lagi, sembarang halaman, dan membacanya, dengan gampangnya sayapun hanyut ke dalam pesona prosa yang dirangkai Eka Kurniawan. Beliau begitu mahir menerjemahkan situasi dan emosi dengan peletakan diksi yang nyaris sempurna.
Ini adalah perkenalan pertama yang amat berkesan dengan Eka. Margio mengigit leher Anwar Sadat sampai mau putus, itu saja yang bisa saya sampaikan, selebihnya memang hanya Eka yang pantas menceritakan semuanya. Yah , sulit juga membayangkannya tapi percayalah, itu terjadi.
Setelahnya saya jadi ingin menggigit leher Eka sampai hampir putus. Rasa iri saya atas bakatnya sepadan dengan amarah Margio yang naik sampai ubun-ubun! Jun 21, Tien rated it really liked it Shelves: I can no longer say that I speak Bahasa Indonesia fluently. I have, however, a keen interest in translated works especially from Bahasa Indonesia. This was the only basis I had as interest in Man Tiger and boy, I was blown away.
Man Tiger drew me in right from the very beginning and kept me I can no longer say that I speak Bahasa Indonesia fluently. Man Tiger drew me in right from the very beginning and kept me in its grip all the way to the end. I thought this was a rather a fresh proposal but since I already know who, it might rather be difficult to keep me interested but I was kept spellbound through to the end of the book. The story of the town and of Margio and his family fascinated me with their brokenness, their zest for life, and most of all, their passions.
There were a few things, translation-wise, which threw me off. I think sometimes, you just cannot translate certain things especially when it is a native food with no western world equivalent. I was also surprised at the sexual content and thought that I probably would not like it if I was reading the book in its original language.
For some reason, sexual scenes just sound rather vulgar in Indonesian. A week later, I read an interview of the author , Eka Kurniawan, who stated this exact same thought! Overall, I found the novel to be reminiscent of Haruki Murakami 's.
The ending, I feel, could be Murakami too… It was so abrupt though I really could not imagine what else there is to be so really it was abrupt but perfect. Man Tiger is a very passionate tale —Passion which drives us to live, to feel, to need, and even drive us crazy. View all 3 comments. Inilah mengapa aku terus membaca sastra Indonesia: Penulis-penulis pribumi dihadapkan pada masa-masa ketika kaki harus terikat agar tetap berdiri. Tapi dengan ikatan erat kaki, tangan mereka tetap bebas.
Bebas menuangkan tinta pada kertas. Bebas menuangkan pikiran dan pendapat melalui cerita. Dengan tulisan, mereka membangun bangsa sekaligus mempercantik keberagaman sastra Indonesia. Aku pikir Eka Kurniawan salah satu yang mengalaminya. Nov 15, Skip rated it liked it Shelves: 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 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. Satu kampung geger dengan dibunuhnya Anwar Sadat oleh Margo, pemuda baik dan berakal budi namun hidup dalam garis kemiskinan bersama Ayahnya yang tak kunjung pulang, Komar. Adiknya, Mameh dan Marian dan Ibunya yang setengah gila, Nuraeni.
Sekali lagi saya katakan Eka Kurniawan memang piawai dalam menulis cerita meski sedikit halamannya tetapi disajikan dengan berbobot! Saya penasaran sudah lama buku ini teronggok rapi di timbunan buku dan ditambah masuk kedalam long-list Man Booker Prize berakhir saya selesai baca juga!
Mar 10, Paul Fulcher rated it it was ok Shelves: This for me was the 12th of the 13 book longlist for the Man Booker International prize, many read in quick succession, and I think I'm suffering from MBI fatigue. Not too long This for me was the 12th of the 13 book longlist for the Man Booker International prize, many read in quick succession, and I think I'm suffering from MBI fatigue. Not too long pages , quite a simple story, not particularly literary in its own right, the effect instead, for the English reader, being more the local colour of the prose style and setting.
Books that had they be written by an English writer, would at best be Costa not Booker or Goldsmiths contenders. Now to be fair they aren't all identikit - A General Theory of Oblivion has a strong plot, albeit heavily contrived, and Tram 83, as befits a novel written by a poet, has wonderful prose but hardly a story at all.
But I suspect in six months time I'll struggle to remember much about any of them. Man Tiger was also eligible for the Best Translated Book Award, but the judges instead chose Beauty is a Wound, a previous novel by the same author but also published in in English. A plausible case is made in the introduction to the English edition of Man Tiger that it marks a maturity of Kurniwan's literary style vs. Perhaps it's no real surprise that the two different juries opted for different books given their respective tastes.
Of the novel itself, I've relatively little to say. A whyhedidit rather than a whodunnit, as the murderer is revealed in the opening line, but when the why comes it is a rather anti-climatic. And the central conceit of the book, the Tiger inside of the main character Mario, is introduced well but doesn't really develop.
Disappointing although I suspect that has to do with the context in which I read i Pengharapan memang bisa membunuh. Satu dari sekian buku yang membuat kecewa di tahun Jul 31, Nidhi Mahajan rated it really liked it Shelves: Lyrical, bawdy, experimental, political: However, this does not mean that it lacks originality. The central protagonist of the novel is Margio, a young man possessed by a white tigress. The first line of the novel introduces the central event of the narrative. It reads: Time has stopped One of the most compelling things about the novel is its engagement with time.
However, it is rarely as simple as that. Time in the novel expands and contracts, past flows into the present and the present often harks back upon the past. Repetition or repeated emphasis is another way in which the novel engages with time. The narrator takes the reader back to the past, traces the events that led to the present, and emphasises the present by repetition. Time stops when Margio kills Anwar Sadat, the central event of the present that is constantly emphasised.
In this regard, the motif of mythology and story-telling is especially significant. Benedict Anderson, in the Introduction to the novel, writes that Kurniawan established an early connection to literature through the stories of his grandmother and an old lady of his village. One can see the influence of these stories and village histories in both Beauty is a Wound and Man Tiger. These experiences are narrated and transmitted across generations through personal and collective stories.
It is often through these many narratives that people perceive their identities in a culture. Social Critique However, Man Tiger does not present an idealised picture of this culture. Far from it. It lays bare the atrocities that are encoded in this society; atrocities that more often than not find a meeting point in the marginalised figures of women in the narrative.