The Encounter: Amazon Beaming

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Pushkin Press
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5.1 X 1.5 X 7.7 inches | 0.8 pounds
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About the Author

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 authoring books. The Encounter: Amazon Beaming, Almost Adam, The Return, and The Oasis made him known worldwide. In The Encounter, he renders the discoverer of the Amazon's source, Loren McIntyre, as an unforgettable protagonist for his unique experiences in the rain forest among indigenous people, and for his inward explorations, pursuing the potential to win one's spiritual freedom. Freedom is clearly Popescu's signature motif. He 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.


- "A blazing tale of mysticism and acculturation." -- Financial Times

- "[Petru Popescu] gives McIntyre's story the narrative drive of a thriller... a book that suggests new ways of looking at the world and our place within it." - Sunday Telegraph

- "As powerful and mystical as any ancient epic... Travel writing in a class of its own: Heart of Darkness meets Walden." - The Lady

- "A fascinating tale of ethical and spiritual dilemmas." - Wanderlust

- 'An extraordinary, gripping tale.' - Publishers Weekly

- 'Strange and wonderful... Fascinating reading... A sort of Castaneda exercise in mystical and ecological inquiry.' - Kirkus Reviews