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IN THE PALM OF DARKNESS.

Montero, Mayra.

ISBN 10: 0060187034 / ISBN 13: 9780060187033
Published by HARPER/COLLINS. NY 1997, 1997
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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First American Edition. SIGNED by Mayra Montero on the title page. Fine in dj. Well received novel by this Cuban-American writer.; Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # 1442

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Title: IN THE PALM OF DARKNESS.

Publisher: HARPER/COLLINS. NY 1997

Publication Date: 1997

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition.

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Synopsis:

Two men of very different cultures--American herpetologist Victor Griggs and his Haitian guide, Thierry Adrien--embark on a obsessive odyssey through the mountains of Haiti in search of a mysterious amphibian, the blood frog. First serial, Conjunctions. Tour.

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To read In the Palm of Darkness is to hike through a Haitian landscape dense with spirits, loas, mystery, poverty, disintegrating environmental and social structures, and an elusive, near-extinct species of amphibian. Victor, a herpetologist from the U.S., comes to Haiti to find the blood-red Eleutherodactylus sanguineus, but cannot escape the emotional alienation he's left behind at home. For Victor's Haitian guide Thierry, the search is a trip into the heart of the heart of his country, family, and himself. Montero also subtly weaves a larger message of worldwide ecological collapse that may be signaled by the (actual) sudden sharp drops in frog populations. This intelligent and intense novel is the first work by the Cuban-born Montero (currently residing in Puerto Rico) to be translated into English. It should not be the last.

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