The Koro Riots

FAISAL TEHRANI (also known as Mohd Faizal Musa) is a Malaysian author. Faisal has won numerous literary prizes and awards, and is often deemed as a controversial author for experimenting with various forms and proposing alternative discourses in his works.

Translated from Indonesian’s Koro by BRIGITTE BRESSON

Penguin SEA (First published, 2023)
256 pages


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ISBN: 9789815127843 Product ID: 40364 Subject: Sub-subjects: , ,

The Koro Riots is a satire regarding the political struggle in an imaginary country called Hujung Manani, a former French colony in South East Asia. Its leader, Priapus, is a dictator. His wife Datin Lotis, uses black magic, namely the power of a weretiger. The narrative revolves around the Koro epidemic which occurs in this republic. It is a mental illness which affects men who believe that their penis shrinks into their body and disappears. The koro epidemic causes several small incidents, which later turn into riots. Eventually, the rebellion becomes a revolution, and the population of Hujung Manani overthrows the Dictator and his wife. These incidents are told from a variety of perspectives while adding background stories about politics in Hujung Manani. For this, the novel introduces several ‘disposable’ characters such as Kadir Mohamed, the former Editor in Chief of the Hujung Manani Tribune; Ashraf Wahidi, a celebrity preacher; and Psychiatrist Dr Cakravantin. The Dictator also has to face his political enemy who is the protagonist, named Pertiwi. She is a feminist, and in her nineties still succeeds in overthrowing Priapus, assisted by a Scientist (Badang) and Shulamit, his Jewish wife. At the end Pertiwi is killed by a suicide bomber named Zikir Baik while delivering a speech in the style of Martin Luther King. The struggle for democracy is carried on by Badang. However, Hujung Manani still faces threats posed by traitors like the Tycoon who is involved in a deep state.

1. Pigs
2. Adele
3. The Tiger
4. The Play
5. Qu’allah Bénisse La Hujung Manani!
6. Glossary

Weight0.301 kg
Dimensions21.6 × 13.5 × 1.7 cm





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