The Vision Of Elena Silves

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Random House, May 25, 2010 - Fiction - 272 pages
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In the Amazon city of BelÚn, in the heart of the Peruvian jungle, three old men sit on a bench. They sit in the square every day under the hot sun, remembering the women they loved and the world when it was a better place. One day a woman hurries past their bench whom all have reason to remember - Elena Silves, the girl with eyes as blue as the sky who once saw a vision and has been incarcerated by the Church authorities in a convent high in the Andes ever since. But the old men remember something else. They remember that Elena had been in love at the time with Gabriel, a student revolutionary who became the most wanted man in BelÚn.

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This first novel has all the basic ingredients of a rough-and-tumble South American tale--a crooked bishop, a greedy mayor, sun-beaten town squares, suffocating jungles, and terrorists bubbling up ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Nicholas Shakespeare was born in 1957. The son of a diplomat, much of his youth was spent in the Far East and South America. His books have been translated into twenty languages. They include The Vision of Elena Silves (winner of the Somerset Maugham Award), Snowleg, The Dancer Upstairs, Secrets of the Sea, Inheritance and Priscilla. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. He currently lives in Oxford.

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