PUBLISHERS OF LITERARY FICTION SINCE 1983
Where Tigers are at Home is a large-scale (approx 265,000 words in translation) multi-strand novel set in Brazil. The strands are interwoven through the central figure Eléazard von Wogau, a French foreign correspondent living in Alcântara, a town in the north-east of Brazil; they also vary widely in style and content.
Each of the strands has its own interest, though they do gradually merge towards the end in the action around the governor, his wife and Nelson’s revenge. The other unifying factor in the book is the figure of the early 17th century scholar, Athanasius Kircher, a remarkable polymath interested in all branches of contemporary knowledge and technology. As a student, von Wogau had a special interest in Kircher; now he has been sent a biography to edit and each of the 32 chapters of Where Tigers are at Home starts with a section from it.