The Jaguar Smile: A Nicaraguan Journey

The Jaguar Smile: A Nicaraguan Journey

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by Salman Rushdie
     
 

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“I did not go to Nicaragua intending to write a book, or, indeed, to write at all: but my encounter with the place affected me so deeply that in the end I had no choice.” So notes Salman Rushdie in his first work of nonfiction, a book as imaginative and meaningful as his acclaimed novels. In The Jaguar Smile, Rushdie paints a brilliantly

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“I did not go to Nicaragua intending to write a book, or, indeed, to write at all: but my encounter with the place affected me so deeply that in the end I had no choice.” So notes Salman Rushdie in his first work of nonfiction, a book as imaginative and meaningful as his acclaimed novels. In The Jaguar Smile, Rushdie paints a brilliantly sharp and haunting portrait of the people, the politics, the terrain, and the poetry of “a country in which the ancient, opposing forces of creation and destruction were in violent collision.” Recounting his travels there in 1986, in the midst of America’s behind-the-scenes war against the Sandinistas, Rushdie reveals a nation resounding to the clashes between government and individuals, history and morality.

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“Stirring and original . . . It gives us a picture of the country in bright, patchwork colors unavailable in your usual journalistic dispatches.”
–The New York Times

“A vivid and probing introduction for perplexed outsiders trying to make sense of Nicaraguan dilemmas.”
–Newsday

“Extraordinary . . . a masterpiece of sympathetic yet critical reporting graced with [Rushdie’s] marvelous wit, quietly assertive style, odd and yet always revealing experiences.”
–Edward W. Said

New York Times Book Review
Stirring and original...an impressionist picture of the country in bright patchwork colors. —New York Times
Dan Cryer
A vivid and probing introduction for perplexed outsiders trying to make sense of Nicaraguan dilemmas.
Newsday

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780812976724
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/11/2008
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
137
Sales rank:
417,428
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.40(d)

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Edward W. Said
. . .a masterpiece of sympathetic yet critical reporting graced with [Rushdie's] marvelous wit, quietly assertive style, odd and yet always revealing experiences.

Meet the Author

Sir SALMAN RUSHDIE is the multi-award winning author of eleven previous novels—Luka and the Fire of Life, Grimus, Midnight's Children (which won the Booker Prize, 1981, and the Best of the Booker Prize, 2008), Shame,The Satanic Verses, Haroun and the Sea of Stories, The Moor's Last Sigh, The Ground Beneath Her Feet, Fury, Shalimar the Clown and The Enchantress of Florence—and one collection of short stories, East, West. He has also published three works of non-fiction: The Jaguar Smile, Imaginary Homelands: Essays and Criticism 1981-1991 and Step Across This Line, and coedited two anthologies, Mirrorwork and Best American Short Stories 2008. His memoir, Joseph Anton, published in 2012, became an internationally acclaimed bestseller. It was praised as "the finest memoir...in many a year" (The Washington Post). His books have been translated into over forty languages. He is a former president of American PEN.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
New York, New York
Date of Birth:
June 19, 1947
Place of Birth:
Bombay, Maharashtra, India
Education:
M.A. in History, King's College, University of Cambridge

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Jaguar Smile: A Nicaraguan Journey 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As an americanized nica it is hard to focus on the issues that bled in every direction, to get focus when life was upside down, but now this book foes just thst