Amazonia. A life in the heart of the forest
Amazonia: one of the most fascinating places on the planet. Emanuela, an Italian biologist who ends up in the heart of the forest to study the giant otter and never goes back. A new life story, amidst the wonders and dangers of nature.
Immensity is a familiar concept to those born in the Amazon, where space seems to have no boundaries. A limitless variety of environments, the highest concentration of life forms on the planet, watercourses so huge that you cannot see the opposite bank. Emanuela Evangelista, a biologist and activist, has been living for over ten years in the heart of the Amazon rainforest, specifically in the village of Xixuaú, a handful of pile dwellings ignored by official maps, like the majority of human settlements located in the remotest areas. This book tells the Amazon lived and experienced everyday by a European woman who became part of it. A book to be read slowly, that returns to the reader the fear and the enchantment that come from the direct impact with nature, the unspeakable beauty of the places and its inhabitants, not only human, the slowness of the journeys along the rivers to reach Manaus, the magic of the jungle spirits, the knowledge of medicinal plants, daily life in the village, the importance of water and its movements. But it is a book that also portrays fear, violence, illegal mining, deforestation, speculation, poaching, the struggle of the riparians to preserve the land where they live.