Blinding Light

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Slade Steadman is the author of a world-famous travel book, but has struggled to match its success for the past thirty years. A journey downriver in a remote eastern province of Ecuador gives him the experience he has been seeking - and a miracle drug, which induces temporary blindness. On his return to the USA, Steadman is rejuvenated - able not only to write and remember, but granted an almost uncanny prescience, bordering on second sight...

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"Theroux has long been the most exciting contemporary practitioner of a literary tradition honed to elegantly crafted terseness by Somerset Maugham and Graham Greene. Always a terrific teller of tales and conjurer of exotic locales, he writes lean prose that lopes along at a compelling pace."
- "Sunday Times (U.K.)
"As an exploration of the visual rhetoric that dominates Western thinking about creativity and knowledge, especially knowledge of self, "Blinding Light is a bravura performance...an enjoyable and worldly allegory of the pitfalls of literary success."
-"The "New York Times

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Paul Theroux was born and educated in the States, and after spending time in Italy and then Africa, he lived in Britain for seventeen years. He is the author of many bestselling fiction and non-fiction books, including most recently Dark Star Safari and The Stranger at the Palazzo d'Oro.

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