In the palm of darkness: a novel

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HarperCollins, May 1, 1997 - Fiction - 181 pages
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From a hot new Caribbean writer comes "a resplendent piece of writing that brings throbbingly to life ... a world in which the magical and the occult flourish, and the gritty reality of ordinary life can also achieve a glorious sensuality"(New York Times Book Review)The Quest for an Elusive Amphibian in the Mountains of violence-torn Haiti brings together an unlikely pair of hunters -- American herpetologist Victor Grigg and his Haitian guide Thierry Adrien -- whose individual stories unfold and intertwine in a mesmerizing tale of love, sex, and fraternal rivalry; the propagation and extinction of species in the natural world; and the mysterious forces of nature that govern the fate of all living creatures."A dazzling, original fugue on love and extinction". -- The New Yorker"A dazzling, original fugue on love and extinction". -- The New Yorker"A work of enormous beauty, violence, and unsentimental grace.... Montero writes with fire and acid". -- Boston Globe

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The first English translation for Cuban-born novelist Montero, this short, intense book weaves together the stories and vastly different world views of two men searching for one very significant ... Read full review


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Mayra Montero was born in Havana, Cuba, in 1952, but has lived in Puerto Rico since the mid 1960s. She studied journalism in Mexico and Puerto Rico and worked for many years as a correspondent in Central America and the Caribbean. She is presently a highly acclaimed journalist in Puerto Rico and writes a weekly column in El Nuevo Dia newspaper. Montero's first book was a collection of short stories, "Twenty-Three and a Turtle". Her second book, a novel titled "The Braid of the Beautiful Moon", was a finalist for the Herralde awards, one of Europe's most prestigious literary awards. Each of her subsequent books -- "The Last Night I Spent With You", "The Red of His Shadow", "In the Palm of Darkness", and "The Messenger" -- has been published in the United States in translations by Edith Grossman, as well as in several European countries. Her other nonfiction work appears frequently in scholarly and literary publications throughout the world.

Acclaimed for her best-selling translations of Cervantes, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and Mario Vargas Llosa, Edith Grossman received the 2006 PEN/Ralph Manheim Award for Translation. She lives in New York City.

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