The Jaguar Smile: A Nicaraguan Journey

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Macmillan, 2003 - Political Science - 160 pages
In this brilliantly focused and haunting portrait of the people, the politics, the land, and the poetry of Nicaragua, Salman 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 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. His perceptions always heightened by his special sensitivity to “the views from underneath,” Rushdie reveals a land resounding with the clashes between history and morality, government and individuals. With a new preface by the author.

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The noted British novelist (Shame, Midnight's Children) reports on a recent visit to Nicaragua. Rushdie came to the country with a basically anti-American point of view, objecting to the "dirty tricks ... Read full review

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About the author (2003)

Salman Rushdie is the author of seven novels: Midnight’s Children (winner of the Booker Prize); Shame; The Satanic Verses; The Moor’s Last Sigh; The Ground Beneath Her Feet; Haroun and the Sea of Stories; and Fury. He has also published a collection of short stories, East, West; and two volumes of essays, Imaginary Homelands and Step Across this Line.

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