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At the Tomb of the Inflatable Pig: Travels Through Paraguayby John Gimlette
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Haven to Nazis, smugglers paradise, home to some of the earths oddest wildlife and most baroquely awful dictatorships, Paraguay is a nation waiting for the right chronicler. In John Gimlette, at last it has one. With an adventurers sang-froid, a historians erudition, and a sense of irony so keen you could cut a finger on it, Gimlette celebrates the beauty, horror and-yes-charm of South Americas obscure and remote “island surrounded by land.”
He takes readers from genteel drawing rooms in Asuncion-where ladies still gossip about the nineteenth-century Irish adventuress who became Paraguays Empress to the “Green Hell” of the Chaco, a vast, inhospitable tract populated by aging Mennonites and discouraged Indians. Replete with eccentrics and scoundrels, ecologically minded cannibals and utopians from every corner of the earth, At the Tomb of the Inflatable Pig is a madly entertaining book.
A vivid journey into Paraguay — hellish jungles, dictators, flamboyant mistresses — yet one of the most beautiful and
captivating countries in the world.
About the Author
John Gimlette is a regular contributor of travel articles and photographs to Condé Nast Traveller, as well as numerous journals and newspapers in England. He is a practicing attorney in London, where he lives with his family. This is his first book.
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