Title: African Silences
Publisher: Random House
Publication Date: 1991
Book Condition: Near Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good
Edition: First Edition
Flat SIGNED by Peter Matthiessen on the title page. The volume is lightly bumped at the spine ends and corners. The price clipped dust jacket, sleeved in mylar, has a mildly sunned spine, and is edge rubbed with light wrinkling at the spine ends and a closed tear (1/4") on the spine tail. Bookseller Inventory # 14050604
Synopsis: African Silences is a powerful and sobering account of the cataclysmic depredation of the African landscape and its wildlife. In this critically acclaimed work Peter Matthiessen explores new terrain on a continent he has written about in two previous books, A Tree Where Man Was Born -- nominated for the National Book Award -- and Sand Rivers.
Through his eyes we see elephants, white rhinos, gorillas, and other endangered creatures of the wild. We share the drama of the journeys themselves, including a hazardous crossing of the continent in a light plane. And along the way, we learn of the human lives oppressed by bankrupt political regimes and economies, and threatened by the slow ecological catastrophe to which they have only begun to awaken.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
From the Back Cover: "Deeply gripping... with a prose of characteristic grace and perfectly distilled passion." -- Washington Post Book World
"Matthiessen is a great travel companion ..... His knowledge of plants,animals and people is breathtaking." -- Boston Globe
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