The Snake and the Condor by Robert Southam, a Romeo and Juliet Story Set in Recent Times in London and South America
Two young lovers are hunted from South America to England and back by agents of Pinochet's murderous régime in Chile. The Snake and the Condor is a story of love and adventure, and of tyranny, poverty and exploitation in Latin America.
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June 6, 2015 (FPRC) --
Publishing 26th June 2015 by Roundfire Books, an imprint of John Hunt Publishing Ltd, Washington D.C. and Winchester, England (http://www.johnhuntpublishing.com)
ISBN: 978-1-78279-731-9 (Paperback) $24.95 £13.99
EISBN: 978-1-78279-730-2 (eBook) $7.99 £4.99
Santiago, Chile, at the height of Pinochet's reign of terror in the late twentieth century. Julieta, the Juliet of this Romeo and Juliet story and the daughter of a senior government official, is to be married to the army officer of her father's choice. She attempts to escape with the boy she loves to the Peruvian Andes, but her father's tentacles reach across South America and even as far as England. The young lovers are caught up in a series of gripping adventures and narrow escapes. They are helped by a courageous priest, whose mission is to save opponents of Pinochet from the prisons, torture chambers and executions of the military régime.
The Snake and the Condor is more than a retelling of one of the great love stories of world literature. It also studies the cruel effects of colonization, forced conversion and economic exploitation on non-European civilizations. It evokes the fear, suspicion and uncertainty on which tyranny and dictatorship thrive.
"Profoundly rich and transporting... This beautiful book plunged me into another world. From the first page I knew I was in the hands of a seriously good storyteller - every scene vivid, brimming full of life." Dr Andrea Ashworth, book critic for Harper's and Vogue, and author of the bestseller, Once in a House on Fire
"Robert Southam's vertiginous tale of the flight of two lovers from across the racial and class divide... The narrative and detailed scenes through which it develops make this a compelling and emotional experience." Paul Simon, The Morning Star (London)
Robert Southam graduated from Oxford and has since worked as an actor, director, university teacher and film-maker in England and on the Continent of Europe. The Snake and the Condor is his second novel.
Send an email to Robert Southam of fm Oxford
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