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The Jaguar Smile: A Nicaraguan Journey (Paperback)

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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.

About the Author


Salman Rushdie is the author of fourteen previous novels, including Midnight’s Children (for which he won the Booker Prize and the Best of the Booker), Shame, The Satanic Verses, The Moor’s Last Sigh, and Quichotte, all of which have been shortlisted for the Booker Prize; a collection of stories, East, West; a memoir, Joseph Anton; a work of reportage, The Jaguar Smile; and three collections of essays, most recently Languages of Truth. His many awards include the Whitbread Prize for Best Novel, which he won twice; the PEN/Allen Foundation Literary Service Award; the National Arts Award; the French Prix du Meilleur Livre Étranger; the European Union’s Aristeion Prize for Literature; the Budapest Grand Prize for Literature; and the Italian Premio Grinzane Cavour. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and he is a Distinguished Writer in Residence at New York University. He is a former president of PEN America. His books have been translated into over forty languages.

Praise For…


“A vivid and probing introduction for perplexed outsiders trying to make sense of the Nicaraguan dilemmas.”Newsday
 
“Written with a novelist’s eye for irony and metaphor . . . [Rushdie] is able to make us see that the factual reality of this country already verges on the surreal.”The New York Times Book Review

“To say of The Jaguar Smile that it is a work of art is to take full note of its literary allusions, its uncompromising sensitivity to death and destruction, is ready political eye for the funny and grotesque, and above all its understated and gripping eloquence.”—Edward W. Said
 
“A look at intelligence struggling, with limited sources, not to be entirely extinguished in the service of faith . . . an account of the confusion any one of us might feel if we visited Nicaragua and gave it a chance to affect us, because it is an inescapably affecting land, crashing through abrupt change that escapes the easy categories of ideologues . . . good reading.”­The New York Times

“The account that emerges . . . is, as one would expect, quickened by the novelist’s eye. . . . Compelling.”Time


Product Details
ISBN: 9780812976724
ISBN-10: 081297672X
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
Publication Date: March 11th, 2008
Pages: 160
Language: English