Title: Bewitched Lands
Publication Date: 1945
Edition: 1st Edition.
New York. 1945. Knopf. 1st American Edition. Very Good In Chipped Dustjacket. Translated from the Spanish by Stuart Edgar Grummon. 204 pages. hardcover. Cover: Carlos Merida. keywords: Literature Translated Bolivia Latin America. inventory # 16428. FROM THE PUBLISHER - BEWITCHED LANDS is a novel of conflicting passions and loyalties, a fascinating tale of long-latent - and at last overt-violence on a feudal hacienda deep in the lush, uncharted Chaco region of Bolivia. The principal characters of this unusual and sophisticated story are: Don Pedro Vidal, aging and absolute master of the vast isolated Hacienda El Mataral; Doña Maria de Vidal, his pretty, pathetic, and unhappy young wife; Carlos Vidal, Don Pedroís son by a former wife, dead under mysterious circumstances; Mr. Treweek, a very English petroleum prospector - and the sympathetic narrator. Carlos Vidal, educated at military school in France, has been paroled in his fatherís custody after participating in an abortive revolt against his countryís dictator. He is in rebellion against the medieval social ideas dominating his native land and summed up in his own father. The arrival of Mr. Treweek and his companion, in search of the petroleum whose existence Don Pedro wishes to deny, galvanizes Carlos into emotions, thoughts, and at last actions that lead inevitably to a series of violent crises. In the fabric of this brilliantly colored novel, Carlosís love for his stepmother is but one thread. ADOLFO COSTA DE RELS, distinguished Bolivian writer and diplomat, was born of French-Bolivian ancestry in 1891 in Sucre, Bolivia. Sent at an early age to be educated in France, he went to Fesch College in Ajaccio (Corsica) and then to the University of Paris and the Sorbonne, where he studied law and political science. Returning to Bolivia, he tried his hand in his early twenties at a variety of occupations - commissioner, cacao salesman, banker, lawyer, mining engineer. In 1914 with a group of British engineers he spent long weeks in the brush prospecting petroleum fields. In 1918 he entered the diplomatic service and shortly after was appointed Secretary of the Bolivian Legation in Chile. Still later he was sent to Paris by his government. There he renewed his studies and traveled extensively throughout Europe. In 1929 he was chosen to represent Bolivia in the League of nations; from 19321 to 1935, with Bolivia involved in the Chaco War, he acted as Minister Pleni-potentiary; and in 1939 he was elected President of the League of nations Council. Appointed Bolivian Ambassador to Argentina, he left France in 1941 after a residence of seventeen years. He resigned his post in 1944, and devoted himselg entirely to his writing. Costa de Rels is one of South Americanís most popular authors. In 1914, he was awarded the Prix Femina and in 1941 a Prix de líAcademie Francaise. (originally published in French under the title: Terres Embrasees, and later rewritten in Spanish). Very Good In Chipped Dustjacket. Bookseller Inventory # 16428
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