In the Palm of Darkness: A Novel

Paperback | June 23, 1998

byMayra Montero

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The quest for an elusive amphibian in the mountains of violence-torn Haiti brings together an unlikely pair of hunters--American herpetologist Victor Grigg and his Haitian guide, Thierry Adrien--whose individual stories unfold and intertwine in a mesmerizing tale of love, sex, and fraternal rivalry; of the propagation and extinction of species in the natural world; and of the mysterious forces of nature that govern the fate of all living creatures.

In the Palm of Darkness is a compelling tale that reads like a murder mystery but also reveals a highly sophisticated and refined literary voice.

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The quest for an elusive amphibian in the mountains of violence-torn Haiti brings together an unlikely pair of hunters--American herpetologist Victor Grigg and his Haitian guide, Thierry Adrien--whose individual stories unfold and intertwine in a mesmerizing tale of love, sex, and fraternal rivalry; of the propagation and extinction of...

Mayra Montero was born in Havana, Cuba, in 1952, but has lived in Puerto Rico since the mid 1960s. She studied journalism in Mexico and Puerto Rico and worked for many years as a correspondent in Central America and the Caribbean. She is presently a highly acclaimed journalist in Puerto Rico and writes a weekly column in El Nuevo Dia ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.44 inPublished:June 23, 1998Publisher:HarperCollins

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ISBN - 10:0060929065

ISBN - 13:9780060929060

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"A dazzling, original fugue on love and extinction." --The New Yorker"A resplendent piece of writing that brings throbbingly to life ... a world in which the magical and the occult flourish, and the gritty reality of ordinary life can also achieve a glorious sensuality." --The New York Times Book Review"Primal sorcery and modern agony ... A voyage into the heart of darkness .... Montero confronts the modern Western way of knowing with an older more universal kind."--Richard Eder, Los Angeles Times"A work of enormous beauty, violence, and unsentimental grace.... Montero writes with fire and acid." --Boston Globe"Montero nurtures her two characters and their relationship with such close compassion that it blossoms into something rare, original, and moving." --The Women's Review of Books