Edition: 2024
Pages: 208
Series: IR/L
ISBN: 9788858152492

Amazonia. A life in the heart of the forest

Emanuela Evangelista



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.

The author

Emanuela Evangelista

Emanuela Evangelista,conservation biologist and environmental activist, has been involved in the protection of biodiversity for more than 20 years. She lives in the village of Xixuaú, in the heart of Amazonia. She is president of Amazônia Onlus, an organisation that supports the natives of the Amazon in the fight against deforestation and for the conservation of the tropical forest and its biodiversity. She is an Officer of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic and a member of the Species Survival Commission of the IUCN. Her works have contributed to the protection of 600,000 hectares of intact forest. This is her first book.

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