A Square Called Silence - Desmond MeiringHodder & Stoughton, 1966, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Good+ — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded. Leans. Text complete, clean and tight.
From the cover: “This novel is set in ten weeks of terrorism in Caracas, splendid capital of an oil-rich country, soaring concrete city of skyscrapers and wide racing highways, by night perhaps the most strikingly illuminated city on earth. But the myriad crowded ranches of the very poor hang above it, from all its western mountains, tumbled and invading, the contrast they provide that of all Latin America, and source and symbol of its brooding lightning violence.
The story is of Mercedes, alien in this crueller land through her strict Madrid heritage, attuned at last to a wise corruption in a secret world of its very rich and leisured, a brilliant iridescent world poised fragile as a bubble on the city’s savagery. Her companions in this sentimental education are Juan-Ramon, her brother for whom she is his first and impossible love, his second a dedicated terrorism, in which his steps cross and echo hers ironically; and Raoul, whom the gods sent to open to her the golden discovery of her own senses, himself beyond morality, many-layered as a lacquered Chinese box, lost Theseus in the soft labyrinths of sex; and a stranger, a true citizen of the ranches and the western barrios, who has always known her exactly, and so shadows her slow graduation to decadence more subtly, and with patience.
The novel suggests that the true tragedy is not that of the classic hero in his lonely fight with his angel, ended neatly in the facile purity of death, but of those who have had a vision, and choose to lose it, and live on.”