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Elizabeth HandWith its hellish journey through a spectacularly inhospitable landscape, The White Mary necessarily evokes Heart of Darkness and features more leeches than John Huston's film "The African Queen." Salak's descriptions of the jungle passage are compelling and dreamlike. Even stronger are flashbacks of Marika in Bodo and a wrenching, horrific account of Lewis's capture and torture in East Timor. Salak's own journalistic experiences—she covered the Rwandan genocide and the 2003 war in the Congo, among other conflicts—have armed her with heartfelt, if indelibly grim, insights into man's capacity for "an endless stream of the worst, most inconceivable acts of inhumanity"…In The White Mary, Salak shows the courage of facing down that darkness and the inescapable price it exacts upon one's soul.
—The Washington Post