protagonists of Brief Encounters with Che Guevara are caught, to both
disastrous and hilarious effect, in the maelstrom of political and social
upheaval surrounding them.
In “Near-Extinct Birds of
the Central Cordillera,” an ornithologist being held hostage in the Colombian
rain forest finds he respects his captors for their commitment to a cause,
until he realizes that the revolution looks a lot like big business. In “The
Good Ones Are Already Taken,” the wife of a Special Forces officer battles a
Haitian voodoo goddess with whom her husband is carrying on a
not-entirely-spiritual relationship. And in “The Lion’s Mouth,” a disillusioned
aid worker makes a Faustian bargain to become a diamond smuggler for the
With masterful pacing and
a robust sense of the absurd, each story in Brief
Encounters with Che Guevara is a self-contained adventure, steeped in the
heady mix of tragedy and danger, excitement and hope, that characterizes
countries in transition. Download and start listening now!