By Salman Rushdie
»Als ich nach Nicaragua fuhr, hatte ich nicht die Absicht, ein Buch darüber zu schreiben oder überhaupt zu schreiben; doch die Begegnung mit dem Land hat mich so tief bewegt, dass mir keine andere Wahl blieb.« Als Salman Rushdie 1986 nach Nicaragua reist, ist er überwältigt: von den Menschen und ihrer Kultur, von der Schönheit der Natur, aber auch von der komplizierten politischen Lage. Er findet ein Land mitten im Umbruch vor – ein zutiefst widersprüchliches und zugleich wunderschönes Land, dessen Zauber der Erzähler Rushdie mit seiner ganz eigenen, besonderen Sprache erfasst.
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