In 1854, the infamous Irishwoman Eliza Lynch met Francisco Solano
Lopez, heir to the wealth of Paraguay, and, pregnant with his
child, escaped with him from the streets of Paris and life as a
prostitute to the strange cruel land of South America, where the
two of them gained and abused power, waged war indiscriminately and
were led by their recklessness and ruthlessness to a horrible
downfall. Enright tells this remarkable true story through the
voice of Eliza herself, as she travels down the river Parana to
Asuncion for the first time, and that of Dr Stewart, a man charmed
and repelled by Eliza's charismatic will, who looks back on the
whole period of her reign, countering Eliza's often untrustworthy
tales and giving a darker picture of events. The resulting novel is
a story of obsession and ownership, of love triangles and squares,
of deception and wilful ignorance. The characters' influence on
each other, the madness of pregnancy, lust, jealousy, warfare and
revenge are fleshed out in bold language and startling imagery, and
the notion of history as a circular rather than linear progress
runs throughout. A great achievement. (Kirkus UK)
Beautiful Irishwoman Eliza Lynch became briefly, in the 1860s, the richest woman in the world. The book opens in Paris with Eliza in bed with Francisco Solano López - heir to the untold wealth of Paraguay. The fruit of their congress will be extraordinary, and will send her across the Atlantic on the regal voyage to claim her glorious future in Ascunción. With the lavish imaginative richness of Marquez and the crazed panoramic sweep of Herzog, The Pleasure of Eliza Lynch is a bold and brilliantly achieved novel about sex, beauty and corruption and the end of the old world.
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