The Koro Riots


Author: Faisal Tehrani
ISBN: 9789815127843
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Random House SEA

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A provocative political satire involving power, corruption, tradition, and manhood Set in an imaginary country of Southeast Asia, a former French colony named Hujung Manani, The Koro Riots is a political satire revolving around the struggles for democracy. Priapus, the country’s dictator, has a wife named Datin Lotis, who uses black magic—the power of a weretiger. The narrative unfolds when the Koro epidemic—a mental illness that affects men making them believe their penis shrinks into their body and disappears—starts affecting the republic. Concerned and protesting against the dictatorship is a political enemy of Priapus, named Pertiwi (a feminist in her nineties), who has decided to not just overthrow Priapus but also to bring democracy in place, in all its right senses. Traitors, followers, protestors, and many revolutions later, will the struggle end in winning against the odds, or will it instead unleash the harsh realities of the republic?