The Dark Bride

The Dark Bride

By Laura Restrepo

Harper Perennial, Paperback, 9780060088958, 368pp.

Publication Date: September 2, 2003

Description

Once a month, the refinery workers of the Tropical Oil Company descend upon Tora, a city in the Colombian forest. They journey down from the mountains searching for earthly bliss and hoping to encounter Sayonara, the legendary Indian prostitute who rules their squalid paradise like a queen. Beautiful, exotic, and mysterious, Sayonara, the undisputed barrio angel, captivates whoever crosses her path. Then, one day, she violates the unwritten rules of her profession and falls in love with a man she can never have. Sayonara's unrequited passion has tragic consequences not only for her, but for all those whose lives ultimately depend on the Tropical Oil Company.

A slyly humorous yet poignant love story, The Dark Bride lovingly recreates the lusty, heartrending world of Colombian prostitutes and the men of the oil fields who are entranced by them. Full of wit and intelligence, tragedy and compassion, The Dark Bride is luminous and unforgettable.



About the Author
Laura Restrepo is the bestselling author of six novels, including The Dark Bride, A Tale of the Dispossessed, and Delirio, which received Spain's prestigious Alfaguara Prize. She lives in Colombia.

Laura Restrepo fue profesora de literatura en la Universidad de Colombia, editora politica en la revista Semana y miembro de la Comision Nacional para la Paz. Ha escrito destacadas novelas tales como Leopardo al sol; Dulce Compania, que obtuvo el premio Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz en Mexico y el premio France Culture en Francia; y Delirio, que obtuvo el premio Alfaguara. Actualmente vive en Bogota, Colombia.



Praise For The Dark Bride

“Love, lust, despair, pride, violence, magic and irrational hope give depth and texture to this page-turning novel.”
-Isabel Allende