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Life in the Damn Tropics (Library of Modern Jewish Literature)

Unger, David

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ISBN 10: 0815607377 / ISBN 13: 9780815607373
Published by Syracuse University Press, 2002
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Title: Life in the Damn Tropics (Library of Modern ...

Publisher: Syracuse University Press

Publication Date: 2002

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: First Edition.

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Set in strife-torn Guatemala City in the early 1980s, this sophisticated, quasicomedic tale depicts the decline and near-fall of a prominent Guatemalan Jewish family.
First, the Eltaleph family is accused of setting up a dummy corporation in Panama in order to avoid paying Guatemalan taxes. Hence middle-aged Marcos Eltaleph, a playboy whose lust for life is matched only by his lust for women, has been placed under "hospital arrest." As older brother Aaron tries to obtain his release, Marcos ponders his scapegoat role in the family and the machinations of his new girlfriend, a fiery Colombian former prostitute who, in this hour of need, Marcos believes has taken up with his former business partner. Then, in the face of military rule, terrorism, and sabotage, Marcos learns the truth about his brother, only to find that sibling secrets can be every bit as dangerous as civil unrest.

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"Three Jewish brothers struggle to keep their family's business ventures alive through a period of political unrest and upheaval in Unger's satisfying debut novel."--Publishers Weekly

"A sharply intelligent, passionately written novel."--Oscar Hijuelos, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love

"Funny, always vibrant with its surreally intense characters. It is a great read, not only for the ironies and wry humor about the human condition, but also because it celebrates human diversity."--Susan Smith Nash, World Literature Today

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