The Dark Bride: A Novel

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Harper Collins, Sep 2, 2003 - Fiction - 368 pages
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Once a month, the refinery workers of the Tropical Oil Company descend upon Tora, a city in the Colombian forest. They journey down from the mountains searching for earthly bliss and hoping to encounter Sayonara, the legendary Indian prostitute who rules their squalid paradise like a queen. Beautiful, exotic, and mysterious, Sayonara, the undisputed barrio angel, captivates whoever crosses her path. Then, one day, she violates the unwritten rules of her profession and falls in love with a man she can never have. Sayonara's unrequited passion has tragic consequences not only for her, but for all those whose lives ultimately depend on the Tropical Oil Company.

A slyly humorous yet poignant love story, The Dark Bride lovingly recreates the lusty, heartrending world of Colombian prostitutes and the men of the oil fields who are entranced by them. Full of wit and intelligence, tragedy and compassion, The Dark Bride is luminous and unforgettable.


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One of my favorite books by a great Colombian writer. - Goodreads
Stupid ending wrecked it for me. - Goodreads
This is an excellent writer from Colombia. - Goodreads
... page turner, dark, rich, and humorous. - Goodreads
Honest writing about a young prostitute in Colombia - Goodreads
Plus, I despised the ending. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Gustavo Vazquez - Goodreads

As I have enjoyed "Delirio" a lot, I've got this book - the one Restrepo wrote before Delirio. But I was disappointed. The book deals with some whores in a city in Colombia, mainly about two of them ... Read full review

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User Review  - Susana - Goodreads

I don't really know what to think about this novel. The English translation was clunky and awkward so this is probably a better experience if you read it in Spanish or enjoy the magic realism that ... Read full review

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Laura Restrepo is the bestselling author of six novels, including The Dark Bride, A Tale of the Dispossessed, and Delirio, which received Spain's prestigious Alfaguara Prize. She lives in Colombia.


Laura Restrepo fue profesora de literatura en la Universidad de Colombia, editora polÍtica en la revista Semana y miembro de la ComisiÓn Nacional para la Paz. Ha escrito destacadas novelas tales como Leopardo al sol; Dulce CompaÑÍa, que obtuvo el premio Sor Juana InÉs de la Cruz en MÉxico y el premio France Culture en Francia; y Delirio, que obtuvo el premio Alfaguara. Actualmente vive en BogotÁ, Colombia.

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