At Play in the Fields of the Lord
Date: October 2009
Duration: 14 hours 28 minutes
In a malarial outpost in the South American rain forest, two misplaced gringos converge and clash. Martin Quarrier has come to convert the fearful and elusive Niaruna Indians to his brand of Christianity. Lewis Moon, a stateless mercenary who is himself part Indian, has come to kill them on the behalf of the local comandante. Out of their struggle Peter Matthiessen has created an electrifying moral thriller, a novel of Conradian richness that explores both the varieties of spiritual experience and the politics of cultural genocide.
'Inventive and extremely well-written'incredibly moving and disturbing'a remarkable performance.''San Francisco Chronicle