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Título: A GODDESS IN THE STONES
Editorial: London: Jonathan Cape 1991
Año de publicación: 1991
FIRST EDITION. 8vo., pp. x, 3-320 plus select bibliography. Two sketch maps relevant to the author's travels. Original red cloth, MINT. Interior likewise. Dust jacket also MINT condition. The 20th century may have seen a destruction of ancient human cultures as sudden and traumatic as the disappearance of the dinosaurs, but it has also been blessed in having a writer of Norman Lewis' stature to record for posterity tribal scenes and ceremonies before their total obliteration. A Goddess in the Stones is the third of his books set in Asia and is written decades after the first two, A Dragon Apparent (Indo-China) and Golden Earth (Burma). In this latest book he travels 2,500 in the east of India where the few remaining self-sufficient tribesmen are loosing their cultural and material inheritance to the accelerating industrialisation destroying forest and river valleys in its path. Despite the tragedy of the background material A Goddess in the Stones is not depressing. Norman Lewis has the ability to see not only the larger picture but also to reveal himself as an unparalleled observer of the human condition in all its idiosyncrasies and absurdities. N° de ref. de la librería 10313
Sinopsis: The last volume of the trilogy on the Southern sub-continent, following "A Dragon Apparent" and "Golden Earth". It was Norman's belief that much of the old India described by early travellers remained to be re-discovered off the beaten track, and accordingly he undertook a journey of 2,500 miles in search of this. His travels begin, far from the tourist itinerary, in the feudal state of Bihar, currently the scene of a brutal case war in which untouchables attempting to defend their newly-won rights are massacred by higher caste gangs. From these violent happenings Lewis takes refuge in the mountains of the East, investigating the extraordinary customs of some of the 3 million bow-and-arrow tribal peoples who have survived in isolation here defending a seductive life-style. The India Norman Lewis describes is lonely, beautiful and unspoilt.
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