Xamon Song

Xamon Song

by Adam E. Stone
     
 

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Mike and Eddie are two young soldiers from the nation of Carbonia, lifelong best friends and frustrated musicians who now find themselves half a world away from home, conducting reconnaissance patrols deep in the forests of Xamon. They are increasingly disillusioned, afraid their military service is not to the people of Carbonia, but to the profit statements of…  See more details below

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Mike and Eddie are two young soldiers from the nation of Carbonia, lifelong best friends and frustrated musicians who now find themselves half a world away from home, conducting reconnaissance patrols deep in the forests of Xamon. They are increasingly disillusioned, afraid their military service is not to the people of Carbonia, but to the profit statements of SangreDenar, a corporation from Carbonia with large logging interests in Xamon. Digna Giraldo Cardona is a human rights activist from Xamon City, drawn to the forests to investigate persistent rumors of human rights abuses by paramilitary mercenaries linked to SangreDenar, determined to see for herself what is happening in the most remote, and dangerous, part of her country. A view from the ground of the meeting of cultures, of the human costs of corporate malfeasance and governmental collusion.

"Rich layers of meaning - complex social and geopolitical issues and compelling characters that challenge readers to consider the human responsibilities that go along with human rights!"

- Nancy Flowers, co-author, Local Action/Global Change:
Learning about the Human Rights of Women and Girls

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Karen Robinson
"Thought-provoking - Mr. Stone's imagination strongly parallels our factual world, and he handles his characters and the subject matter with sensitivity, wit, and sagacity!"

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940012956460
Publisher:
Global Dialogue Press
Publication date:
02/01/2006
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
148
File size:
263 KB

Meet the Author

Adam E. Stone was born in Madison, Wisconsin, and lived there until he was six years old, when his family moved to Athens, Georgia. When he was 10, the family moved to Carterville, Illinois, where he spent the remainder of his childhood. After high school, he attended Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, graduating summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, specializing in Creative Writing. He studied with the Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Richard Russo, and with the poets Rodney Jones and Philip St. Clair.

Mr. Stone's first novel, Xamon Song (Global Dialogue Press, 2006), explores the dangers of corporate control of government, and examines human rights issues in the context of globalization and the rights of indigenous persons. Xamon Song has been used as a human rights learning tool in high schools and colleges in the United States and Canada. Individual copies have been sold in the United States, Canada, Belgium, New Zealand, and South Korea.

His second novel, Kingston Fugue, (Global Dialogue Press, 2007), examines the role of the nonconformist in contemporary American society, the relativity of many of our conceptions of mental illness, the gritty economic realities of the working poor, and the complex, often contradictory, relationship between memory, personality, will and reality, all within a literary structure that mirrors the musical form of the fugue, in which the theme of a piece is extended and developed mainly by imitative counterpoint.

Mr. Stone's third novel, The New Harmonies (Global Dialogue Press, 2009), follows three working-class musicians in Southern Illinois as they seek harmony in their personal lives and their professional ones.

His fourth novel, Cache Girl Saves the World: A Novel in Visions (Global Dialogue Press, 2010) introduces a new medium for literary fiction: the "novel in visions," which combines audio of the novel's text with still photographs of some of its action, packaged in DVD format. The novel tells the story of Ta'li, a young runaway whose Cherokee ancestors died on the Trail of Tears. Searching for peace for herself and the world, Ta'li finds herself in the swamps of Southern Illinois' Cache River, where, with the help of the Swamp Asp and the legendary Big Muddy Monster, she embarks on a daring quest to bring her vision of empathy, empowerment, unity, social justice and ecological wisdom to a humanity seemingly bent on self-destruction.

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