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“A miniature Gothic horror story that Stevenson himself and even Henry James would have found chilling.” Anna Mundow, The Boston Globe
Stevenson Under the Palm Trees
978-1-84195-588-9 • $18.00 • Cloth • Oct. 2004
Casting Robert Louis Stevenson as his protagonist, Alberto Manguel, author of the international best-selling A History of Reading, spins an intoxicating murder mystery in the South Pacific that echoes Joseph Conrad and A. S. Byatt
Robert Louis Stevenson has become accustomed to the intense colors and severe humidity of Samoa, as well as the uninhibited sensuality of its people. Yet his thoughts turn nostalgically back to his native Edinburgh after a chance encounter with the newly arrived Scots missionary, Mr. Baker, whose religious invectives challenge Stevenson’s loosening moral code. And when a young Samoan woman is raped and brutally murderedsomeone for whom Stevenson privately pinedthe once idyllic island erupts into a barely controlled insurgency.
With a creeping sense of both dread and suspense as well as a playful nod to Stevenson’s own persona and imagination, Alberto Manguel has weaved together a compelling tale in the sultry South Pacific.
• Eight woodcuts throughout designed by Robert Louis Stevenson