Re: RARA-AVIS: atmospherics Latina and Latino writing

Date: 16 Jan 2002

If you want atmosphere (although not about Batista), how about Mayra Montero's "In the Palm of Darkness"? Probably not hard-boiled, but certainly noir. Montero is a Cuban-born writer now living in Puerto Rico. "In the Palm of Darkness" is an edgy, unsettling account of a herpetologist from the U.S and his search for a vanishing frog in the mountains of Haiti. To reassure Bill that I am on topic, there are a couple of murders, and the Haitian guide likes to spin gruesome, eery stories that intermingle the occult and the political chaos in Haiti. And, the scientist is awash in loneliness and alienation. Manuel Ramos

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