De verloren stad Z: het verhaal van een man en zijn dodelijke obsessie in het Amazonegebied

Singel Uitgeverijen

De Engelse ontdekkingsreiziger kolonel Percy Harrison Fawcett trok in 1925 naar het schier ondoordringbare Amazonegebied. Hij ging op zoek naar de legendarische stad Z, een geliefd doel van vele eerdere, allemaal mislukte expedities. Fawcett wilde laten zien dat hij de stad wél zou kunnen vinden, maar ook hij faalde jammerlijk. Hij zou nooit meer terugkeren: zijn hele expeditie verdween spoorloos in het Amazone-oerwoud.
Tachtig jaar later treedt David Grann in de voetsporen van Fawcett. Hij verdiept zich in de obsessie van Fawcett met de verloren stad Z en probeert na al die jaren uit te vinden wat het verhaal zou kunnen zijn achter de mysterieuze verdwijning van Fawcett.

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Singel Uitgeverijen
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Mar 31, 2017
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340
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9789021404325
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Dutch
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David Grann
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"Disturbing and riveting...It will sear your soul." —Dave Eggers, New York Times Book Review

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From New Yorker staff writer David Grann, #1 New York Times best-selling author of The Lost City of Z, a twisting, haunting true-life murder mystery about one of the most monstrous crimes in American history
       
In the 1920s, the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Indian nation in Oklahoma. After oil was discovered beneath their land, they rode in chauffeured automobiles, built mansions, and sent their children to study in Europe.
      Then, one by one, the Osage began to be killed off. The family of an Osage woman, Mollie Burkhart, became a prime target. Her relatives were shot and poisoned. And it was just the beginning, as more and more members of the tribe began to die under mysterious circumstances.
      In this last remnant of the Wild West—where oilmen like J. P. Getty made their fortunes and where desperadoes like Al Spencer, the “Phantom Terror,” roamed—many of those who dared to investigate the killings were themselves murdered. As the death toll climbed to more than twenty-four, the FBI took up the case. It was one of the organization’s first major homicide investigations and the bureau badly bungled the case. In desperation, the young director, J. Edgar Hoover, turned to a former Texas Ranger named Tom White to unravel the mystery. White put together an undercover team, including one of the only American Indian agents in the bureau. The agents infiltrated the region, struggling to adopt the latest techniques of detection.  Together with the Osage they began to expose one of the most chilling conspiracies in American history. 
      In Killers of the Flower Moon, David Grann revisits a shocking series of crimes in which dozens of people were murdered in cold blood. Based on years of research and startling new evidence, the book is a masterpiece of narrative nonfiction, as each step in the investigation reveals a series of sinister secrets and reversals. But more than that, it is a searing indictment of the callousness and prejudice toward American Indians that allowed the murderers to operate with impunity for so long. Killers of the Flower Moon is utterly compelling, but also emotionally devastating.
David Grann
David Grann reconstruye en esta fascinante novela la misteriosa historia del explorador Percy Fawcett, desaparecido durante la última expedición en busca de El Dorado.

Durante siglos, los europeos situaron la legendaria ciudad de El Dorado en la selva más grande y densa del mundo: la del Amazonas. La obsesión por encontrar ese paraíso dejó la jungla impenetrable sembrada de cadáveres, lo que no fue impedimento para que, en los años 20, el explorador británico Percy Fawcett se aventurara en ella en busca de la antigua civilización. Después de emprender una expedición tras otra sin éxito, en 1925 desapareció sin dejar rastro. Desde entonces, cientos de hombres han muerto o han enloquecido en el intento de seguir sus huellas.

En 2005, el prestigioso periodista de la revista The New Yorker David Grann se adentró en el «infierno verde» para averiguar qué había ocurrido allí. El resultado es una reconstrucción magistral de la aventura de Percy Fawcett, un recorrido fascinante por una de las zonas más exuberantes y misteriosas del planeta, una investigación exhaustiva y absorbente que da voz a los que vieron a Fawcett por última vez en vida y que nos contagia su obstinación por encontrar El Dorado, ese misterio arraigado en el corazón de la selva que mató a todo aquel que soñó con verlo.

Reseñas:
«Una aventura fascinante, cargada de emoción y profundamente absorbente.»
John Grisham

«Como si uno de los rudos hombres de Conrad se encontrara de repente atrapado en una novela de García Márquez [...] terriblemente entretenida. [...] Al mismo tiempo una biografía, una historia de detectives y un maravilloso relato de viajes.»
The New York Times

«Combinando la extraordinaria historia de Fawcett con su propia investigación, Grann ha creado un personaje de gran calado que irradia la energía incombustible de una novela clásica de aventuras.»
Publishers Weekly

«¡Una obra maestra! Un viaje emocionante de principio a fin.»
The Washington Post

«Basta con decir que se trata de un libro fascinante. A uno le entran ganas de agarrar la mochila e irse a correr aventuras.»
The Daily Telegraph

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