The Devil's Curve: A Journey into Power and Profit at the Amazon's Edge Hardcover – Aug. 24 2012
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- Item Weight : 458 g
- ISBN-13 : 978-1553658979
- Hardcover : 320 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1553658973
- Dimensions : 15.24 x 2.54 x 22.86 cm
- Publisher : Douglas & McIntyre; Canadian First edition (Aug. 24 2012)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #867,119 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
"...an eclectic blend of travelogue, character study, political history and personal journey." ― Winnipeg Free Press
"a delightful narrative — replete with vivid descriptions of Awajun life in the Peruvian jungle, depressingly disturbing images of a violent and impoverished Colombia, and even a sprinkling of hilarious anecdotes" ― Chronicle Herald
About the Author
Arno Kopecky is the author of The Devil's Curve and Oil Man and the Sea. He is a journalist and travel writer whose dispatches have appeared in The Walrus, Foreign Policy, the Globe and Mail, Maclean’s, The Tyee and Kenya’s Daily Nation. He has covered civil uprisings in Mexico, cyclones in Burma, Zimbabwe's 30-year dictatorship and election violence in Kenya. He lives in Squamish, B.C.
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As I watched on television, preparing for my flight back to Canada, my personal friend, Arno Kopecky was on his way to Peru to take a closer look. I began following Arno's coverage while I was engaged in an extensive research trip in Cairo, Egypt, where I would often comment on his articles in The Walrus. Later, I became further involved when an Achuar delegation arrived from Peru to protest the proposed extractive business operations of Talisman Energy, a Calgary-based oil corporation, on Achuar land.
Only weeks before Arno's arrival in Calgary to speak on behalf of his book, "The Devil's Curve", the Achuar had won their fight in successfully convincing Talisman that they should not conduct an extractive industry on Achuar land.
Arno's first presentation at Mount Royal University, was paired off with Waubgeshig Rice, who I had learned of prior on Black Coffee Poet. His second presentation was at Auburn Saloon, with Andrew Nikiforuk, a colleague at the Tyee, and probably the most well-known Tar Sands whistleblower journalist. In both presentations, he was especially emphatic in his regard for the complete lack of empathy for the Amazon's Indigenous peoples.
During the Achuar Campaign to protest against oil extraction on their territory, they had officially charged invading oil companies with attempted genocide.
I have great respect for Arno's work and look forward to his next book, which to paraphrase his personal communication, tries to condense the beautiful majesty of northern B.C.'s wilderness, including one of the largest unlogged forest watersheds in the world, into words.
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