Where Tigers Are at Home

By Jean-Marie Blas De Roblaes; Mike Mitchell (Translator)
(Other Press (NY), Hardcover, 9781590515624, 817pp.)

Publication Date: March 5, 2013

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Winner of the Prix MEdicis, this multifaceted literary novel follows the Jesuit scholar Athanasius Kircher across 17th century Europe and Eleazard von Wogau, a retired French correspondent, through modern Brazil.
When Eleazard begins editing a strange, unpublished biography of Kircher, the rest of his life seems to begin unraveling--his ex-wife goes on a dangerous geological expedition to Mato Grosso; his daughter abandons school to travel with her young professor and her lesbian lover to an indigenous beach town, where the trio use drugs and form interdependent sexual relationships; and Eleazard himself starts losing his sanity, escalated by loneliness, and his work on the biography. Patterns begin to emerge from these interwoven narratives, which develop toward a mesmerizing climax.
Shortlisted for the Goncourt Prize and the European Book Award, and already translated into 14 languages, "Where Tigers Are At Home" is large-scale epic, at once literary and entertaining, that belongs in the company of Umberto Eco and Haruki Murakami.

About the Author

Mike Mitchell was born and brought up in the north-east of Scotland and has spent a lifetime in transport management, first with British Rail and later with FirstGroup plc, where he was Chief Operating Officer. He was Managing Director of First Aberdeen, the successor of Aberdeen Corporation Transport in the mid 1990s. He has written several books and articles on the history of tramways and transport in north east Scotland. He now lives in West Yorkshire.
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