Raoul de Jong / Raoul de Jong – Jaguar Man

Raoul de Jong – Jaguar Man

Raoul de Jong – Jaguar Man

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  • Perseus (Bulgaria)
  • Buchet Chastel (France)

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About the book

At the age of twenty-eight, author Raoul de Jong meets his Surinamese father for the first time. They speak alike, move alike and both believe in wonders. Then Raoul’s father tells him a story that lingers in his memory: one of his ancestors, a medicine man, could transform himself into a jaguar. Gripped by this mystery, Raoul decides to investigate in Surinam.

The history of the former Dutch colony is one of darkness and slavery, but those who search carefully will also find a great deal of hope and vitality. Raoul is living proof: his ancestors somehow managed to survive. During this quest, in which he acquaints himself with Surinamese writers, thinkers and resistance heroes, he discovers that the power of the jaguar was essential for the country, and comes to understand how much everyone can learn from it.

In Jaguar Man, written as an adventure novel, Raoul de Jong presents a beautiful ode to the land of his father.


‘Jaguarman is a surprisingly rich book. De Jong pulls you into the story, which is full of offshoots and leaps in time and thought. It's incredibly easy to observe through his eyes, surprised and moved, entertained and bewildered. His discoveries become your own.’**** – NRC Handelsblad

‘Although De Jong finds a satisfactory answer to his own questions, he also finds in his personal history an answer to a question that has more significance for the reader and transcends the particular: what does it mean to be Surinamese?’ – Het Parool

‘Raoul de Jong has written an intoxicating book that begins with his Surinamese father but finally carries the history of Suriname along with it.’ – de Volkskrant

‘A magnificently written book that builds on the work of Surinamese writers, thinkers and resistance heroes.’ – De Correspondent

‘Jaguarman is above all an ode to the unmistakable powers that are slumbering inside every person and that we should cherish more.’ – Tzum


Raoul de Jong (b. 1984) wrote for various daily and weekly newspapers and has published five books. He was awarded the Dick Scherpenzeel Prize for his debut. The Greatness of It All, which was distinguished with the Best Rotterdam Book award and an honourable mention from the Bob den Uyl Prize, was published in 2013.

© Stephan Vanfleteren

Additional book information

  • Non-fiction
  • ISBN 9789403114415
  • Number of pages: 256
  • World rights: De Bezige Bij
  • Price: €22,99
  • English sample available