Mamista - Len DeightonLondon, Sydney, Auckland & Johannesburg: Century, 1991, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper.
From the cover: “The Berlin wall is demolished. Marx is dead. Try telling that to Ramon and his desperate men hiding in the jungle cradling their AK. 47’s, dusting off the slabs of Semtex and dreaming of world revolution.
Len Deighton’s brilliant and upsetting new novel takes us to the dusty, violent capital of Spanish Guiana in South America, and thence into the depths of the rain forest; the heart of darkness itself.
There four people become caught up in a struggle both political and personal, a struggle corrupted by ironies ana deceits, and riddled with the accidents of war. They are four people who never should have found themselves bound together in a mission for revolution.
Ralph Lucas, the Australian doctor, came to the jungle on charitable business, strictly civilian. Tending frontline casualties of war, with too few medical supplies and only a beautiful but untrained woman by his side, was not on the agenda. Gerald Singer, tough, black warrior, with an indomitable sense of humour, was already in guerrilla territory. He could take it. Up to a point.
Angel Paz, part charming youngster, part violent hoodlum, had theories about everything. His arrogance would set in motion the last terrible endgame.
But it was Inez who would suffer the most; for being a woman, an educated woman. At guerrilla headquarters she was Ramon’s right-hand. In the jungle she was the butt of men’s jokes and the subject of their fantasies.
For the men in Washington this MAMista “patrol” was just one short entry in a busy world-wide agenda. But for the three men and one woman trapped in the jungle of our nightmares it was the sentence of death. Never has Deighton portrayed so accurately the terror and the tedium of war, or the shifting alliances and betrayals between people who have nothing to lose but their lives. If Deighton’s great sagas Game, Set and Match and Hook, Line and Sinker broke new ground for the spy thriller, then Mamista opens a new era for the adventure novel.”