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An extraordinary and vivid introduction to the country of Nicaragua and its politics.

In this brilliantly focussed and haunting portrait of the people, the politics, the land, and the poetry of Nicaragua, Salman Rushdie brings to the forefront the palpable human facts of a country in the midst of revolution.

Rushdie went to Nicaragua in 1986. What he discovered was overwhelming: a land of difficult, often beautiful contradictions, of strange heroes and warrior-poets. Rushdie came to know an enormous range of people, from the foreign minister - a priest - to the midwife who kept a pet cow in her living room.

His perceptions always heightened by his sensitivity and his unique flair for language, in The Jaguar Smile, Rushdie brings us the true Nicaragua, where nothing is simple, everything is contested, and life-or-death struggles are an everyday occurrence.

Reviews

Stirring and original

New York Times

A vivid and probing introduction for perplexed outsiders

Newsday

Salman Rushdie's extraordinary book...is a masterpiece of sympathetic yet critical reporting, graced with his marvellous wit, quietly assertive style, odd and yet always revealing experiences

Edward Said

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    9781409058717

    February 1, 2011

    Vintage Digital

    160 pages

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  • The Jaguar Smile
    Salman Rushdie

    Paperback

    9780099285229

    December 1, 2000

    Vintage

    160 pages

    RRP $26.99

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