By Antonio Benitez-Rojo, James Maraniss
During this masterful number of brief tales, a celebrated Cuban author maintains his innovative exploration of the genesis of the trendy Caribbean global.
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Barrett is to undertake the mission, and Drake will be his lieutenant. During the first nightwatch, the two will penetrate the forest with one hundred chosen men. The Negro, well guarded, will guide them to the treasure. Barrett will surround and subdue the encampment; Drake will stay in reserve, to cover Barrett's retreat once the silver and pearls have been taken. Life will be taken only in self-defense; he who kills for this reason need fear nothing, but he who causes needless injury will be hanged.
In the dream of the tameme, or perhaps in a memory he understands to be not entirely his own, there is, first, darkness. Not the darkness of a moonless night, not even a night of star-obliterating cloudiness. It is the darkness of an era without seasons, weeks, or calendars. There is water in this primeval darkness: it's not visible, of Page 32 course, but you can feel it, like a frozen, still embrace beneath a sky that's black and empty. There is also land here, submerged, a loam that supports the tameme's naked feet.
That sorry hulk could never have made the long passage to England, so he had resolved to send it to Seville, consigned to Page 9 Hugh Tipton, agent for Hickman and Castlyn. He did the same with the caravel taken from the Portuguese on the upper Mitombi, too ridden with wormholes to make it around Cape Finisterre. But here there were some serious difficulties: the merchantman, for reasons that he still did not know, had stopped in Lisbon, where the anger of the slave traders, unused to foreign competition, had forced the authorities to confiscate hen Meanwhile Tommy Hampton managed to get the caravel to Seville, though it had no better fate than the merchantman, and the merchandise got locked up in the warehouses of the Board of Trade.
A View from the Mangrove by Antonio Benitez-Rojo, James Maraniss