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The jaguar smile : a Nicaraguan journey

Author: Salman Rushdie
Publisher: New York, N.Y., U.S.A. : Viking, 1987.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st American edView all editions and formats
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In this portrait of the people, the politics, the land, and the poetry of Nicaragua, Rushdie brings to the forefront the palpable human facts of a country in the midst of a revolution. Rushdie went to Nicaragua in 1986, "harboring no preconceptions of what he might find." What he discovered was for him overwhelming: a culture of heroes who had turned into inanimate objects and of politicians and warriors who were  Read more...
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Rushdie, Salman.
Jaguar smile.
New York, N.Y., U.S.A. : Viking, 1987
(OCoLC)657027463
Named Person: Salman Rushdie; Salman Rushdie; Salman Rushdie
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Salman Rushdie
ISBN: 0670817570 9780670817573 0317566032 9780317566031
OCLC Number: 14964963
Notes: "Elisabeth Sifton books."
Description: 171 pages : maps ; 21 cm
Contents: Hope: A prologue --
Sandino's hat --
The road to Camoapa --
Poets on the day of joy --
Madame Somoza's bathroom --
Esteli --
The word --
Eating the eggs of love --
Abortion, adulthood and God --
On Catharsis --
Market day --
El Senor Presidente --
The other side --
Dona Violeta's version --
Miss Nicaragua and the jaguar --
Silvia: An epilogue.
Responsibility: Salman Rushdie.
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In this portrait of the people, the politics, the land, and the poetry of Nicaragua, Rushdie brings to the forefront the palpable human facts of a country in the midst of a revolution. Rushdie went to Nicaragua in 1986, "harboring no preconceptions of what he might find." What he discovered was for him overwhelming: a culture of heroes who had turned into inanimate objects and of politicians and warriors who were poets, a land of difficult, often beautiful contradictions. Rushdie came to know an enormous range of people, from the Foreign Minister-a priest-to a midwife who kept a pet cow in her living room. His perceptions always heightened by his special sensitivity to "the views from underneath," Rushdie reveals a land resounding to the clashes between history and morality, government and individuals. In The Jaguar Smile Rushdie brings us-as few Americans or Europeans could-the true Nicaragua, where nothing is simple, everything is contested, and struggles to the death are daily fare.

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