New York: Carcanet, 1987. First U.S. Edition. A near fine copy (ownership inscription to title page) in a fine jacket. This is the author's first book to be translated into English. An historian, interpreter rather than archivist, turns to his own story. He leaves India for "the island" (inspired by Bouvier's time in Ceylon). He is poor, unwell, solitary, increasingly susceptible to the inheritance of magic for which the island is famous. He picks up a book on the insect life of India, and his account of human life becomes interwoven with descriptions of the insect life in his room. Feverish, physically weak, his imagination is sharpened. Bizarre incidents have a hallucinatory truth, as when the narrator converses with a seemingly solid though levitating Jesuit. 121pp. (Inventory #: 13401)
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