The Jaguar Smile: A Nicaraguan Journey

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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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In this timeless, haunting portrait of the people and the politics of Nicaragua, Rushdie brings to life the palpable human facts of a country in the midst of a revolution.

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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 masterpiece of sympathetic yet critical reporting." --Edward W. Said "A vivid and probing introduction for perplexed outsiders trying to make sense of Nicaraguan dilemmas." --Dan Cryer, "Newsday"

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