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By Susan Musgrave

Acclaimed author Susan Musgrave's first novel in over ten years is an excellent mixture of poignant humanity and black humour within the gripping tale of a lady residing on demise Row for the incredible crime of killing her personal child.

To move the time final to her, whereas watching for the result of her final appeals, the narrator writes the tale of the occasions that ended in her incarceration. Her paintings as a translator attracts her into an underworld of family-controlled drug cartels working out of South the US, and she or he falls in love with a son in a single such kinfolk. Pregnant, she is abducted to an island off the coast of Colombia and slowly tricked right into a dependence on cocaine. Her narrative - violent and weird, but in addition riveting, erotic and packed with the heady flamboyance of orchids - runs parallel to her account of lifestyles in "Death Clinic," as dying Row is termed on the Heaven Valley Facility for girls. it's a relocating tale of friendship among 3 woman inmates - portrayed with devastating wit - who proportion basically the truth that they each one have a date with the executioner.

Cargo of Orchids swings via comedy and tragedy to shed a steady, eerie gentle at the questions of guilt and innocence and ethical ambiguity that lie at its center.

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O comportamento ético de seus habitantes e tudo o que diz respeito à identidade e ao convívio entre brancos, caboclos e índios eram seus temas prediletos. Numa das cartas que me enviou de Colônia escreveu algumas páginas intituladas " O olhar e o tempo no Amazonas". Afirmava que o gesto lento e o olhar perdido e descentrado das pessoas buscam o silêncio, e são formas de resistir ao tempo, ou melhor, de ser fora do tempo. Ele procurava contestar um senso comum bastante difundido aqui no norte: o de que as pessoas são alheias a tudo, e que já nascem lerdas e tristes e passivas; seus argumentos apoiavam-se na sua vivência intensa na região, na ' 'peregrinação cósmica de Humboldt", e também na leitura de filósofos que tateiam o que ele nomeava ' 'o delicado território dó alter".

O que me fez pensar nisso foi a coincidência entre certas passagens da vida de outras pessoas, que mescladas a textos orientais ele incorporava à sua própria vida. Era como se inventasse uma verdade duvidosa que pertencia a ele e a outros. Fiquei surpreso com essas coincidências, mas, afinal, o tempo acaba borrando as diferenças entre uma vida e um livro. E, além disso, o que surpreende um homem hoje deverá surpreender, algum dia, toda a humanidade. '' 80 << ' Após a morte de Emir, Dorner partiu para uma viagem de anos.

Ao meu redor todos ainda dormiam, de modo que presenciei sozinho aquele amanhecer, que nunca mais se repetiria com a mesma intensidade. Compreendi, com o passar do tempo, que a visão de uma paisagem singular pode alterar o destino de um homem e torná-lo menos estranho à terra em que ele pisa pela primeira vez. Antes das seis, tudo já era visível: o sol parecia um olho solitário e brilhante perdido na abóbada azulada; e de uma mancha escura alastrada diante do barco, nasceu a cidade. Não era maior que muitas aldeias encravadas nas montanhas do meu país, mas o fato de estar situada num terreno plano acentuava a repetição dos casebres de madeira e exagerava a imponência das construções de pedra: a igreja, o presídio, um oü outro sobrado distante do rio; é inútil afirmar que não havia palácios; estes, faziam parte das invenções de Hanna, o mais-imaginoso entre os irmãos do meu pai; lá na nossa aldeia, o rabo descomunal de um carneiro servia-lhe de estímulo para que contasse um mundo de histórias; os mais velhos o escutavam com atenção e o patriarca de Tarazubna, cego e surdo, intervinha com uma palavra ou um gesto nos momentos de hesitação, quando algo escapa à fala.

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