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The Encounter

Amazon Beaming

Petru Popescu Simon McBurney



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Pushkin Press
25 May 2016
1971, the American photographer Loren McIntyre finds himself stranded in the depths of the Amazon rainforest, on the border between Brazil and Peru. Finding refuge with the Mayoruma tribe - the famous and elusive 'cat people' of the Javari Valley, McIntyre must adjust to a strange new way of life. Before long he finds his perception of the world beginning to change, and an unusual relationship starts to develop with the Mayoruma chief - is McIntryre really able to communicate telepathically with the headman? Petru Popescu's narrative account is interspersed with notes from McIntyre's diary to create a fascinating and disorientating account of an extraordinary true story.
By:   Petru Popescu
Introduction by:   Simon McBurney
Imprint:   Pushkin Press
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm,  Spine: 38mm
Weight:   363g
ISBN:   9781782272335
ISBN 10:   178227233X
Pages:   448
Publication Date:   25 May 2016
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Born in Bucharest in 1944, Petru Popescu was Communist Romania's most provocative young novelist, before he was forced to defect and start writing in English. His Romanian novels Captured and Burial of the Vine are classics of the resistance against totalitarian art. Moving to the United States, he wrote movies including The Last Wave and Death of an Angel, before returning full time to fiction. The Encounter: Amazon Beaming, Almost Adam, The Return, and The Oasis made him known worldwide. In The Encounter, the theme of exploring and winning one's freedom within oneself makes an unforgettable character from the discoverer of the Amazon's source, Loren McIntyre. Undoubtedly, freedom is Popescu's signature motif. Popescu is married to screenplay writer Iris Friedman, and they live in Los Angeles. Born in London in 1957, Simon McBurney is an actor, director and writer, as well as the founder and artistic director of the acclaimed UK theatre company Complicite, whose productions include The Master and Margarita and A Disappearing Number.

Reviews for The Encounter: Amazon Beaming

A tour de force that shows contemporary theatre at its most immersive and thought provoking Financial Times Spellbinding Telegraph An unforgettably brilliant work of total theatre Herald So astonishing and inventive is this show that it feels like we're witnessing a real turning point in theatre, a performance that will be looked back on in years to come as hugely influential The List

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