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Swift as Desire

(2001)
A novel by

 
Instead of entering the world crying, like other babies, Jubilo was born with a smile on his face. He had a gift for hearing what was in people's hearts, for listening to sand dunes sing and insects whisper. Even as a young boy, acting as an interpreter between his warring Mayan grandmother and Spanish-speaking mother, he would translate words of spite into words of respect, so that their mutual hatred turned to love. When he grew up, he put his gift to good use in his job as a humble telegraph operator. But now the telegraph lies abandoned, obsolete as a form of communication in the electronic age, and Don Jubilo is on his deathbed, mute and estranged from his beloved wife, Lucha, who refuses to speak to him. What tragic event has come between such two such sensuous, loving people to cause their seemingly irreparable rift? What mystery lies behind the death of the son no-one ever mentions? Can their daughter bring reconciliation to her parents before it is too late, by acting as an interpreter between them in Morse code, just as Jubilo used to do for other people? In this magical, bittersweet story, touched with graphic earthiness and wit, Laura Esquivel shows us how keeping secrets will always lead to unhappiness, and how communication is the key to love.

 
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Hardback Editions

June 2008 : USA Library Binding
Title: Swift As Desire: A Novel
Author(s): Laura Esquivel, Stephen A Lytle
ISBN: 1-4352-9711-3 / 978-1-4352-9711-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Paw Prints 2008-06-05
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January 2002 : UK Hardback
Title: Swift as Desire (Windsor Selection)
Author(s): Laura Esquivel
ISBN: 0-7540-1710-9 / 978-0-7540-1710-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chivers Large print (Chivers, Windsor, Paragon & C
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September 2001 : USA Hardback
Title: Swift as Desire (Random House Large Print)
Author(s): Laura Esquivel
ISBN: 0-375-43142-X / 978-0-375-43142-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Large Print
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September 2001 : USA Hardback
Title: Swift as Desire: A Novel
Author(s): Laura Esquivel
ISBN: 0-609-60870-3 / 978-0-609-60870-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Crown
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January 2001 : USA Hardback
Title: Swift as Desire
Author(s): LAURA ESQUIVEL
ISBN: 0-385-60276-6 / 978-0-385-60276-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: DOUBLEDAY
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Paperback Editions

October 2012 : UK Paperback
Title: Swift As Desire
Author(s): Laura Esquivel
ISBN: 0-552-77892-3 / 978-0-552-77892-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Black Swan
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   

January 2003 : Australia Paperback
Title: Swift As Desire
Author(s): Laura Esquivel
ISBN: 1-74051-215-4 / 978-1-74051-215-2 (Australia edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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November 2002 : UK Paperback
Title: Swift as Desire (Paragon Softcover Large Print Books)
Author(s): Laura Esquivel
ISBN: 0-7540-9123-6 / 978-0-7540-9123-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chivers Large print (Chivers, Windsor, Paragon & C
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September 2002 : UK Paperback
Title: Swift As Desire
Author(s): Laura Esquivel
ISBN: 0-552-99954-7 / 978-0-552-99954-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Black Swan
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September 2002 : UK Paperback
Title: Swift as Desire
Author(s): Laura Esquivel
ISBN: 0-552-15029-0 / 978-0-552-15029-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Corgi Books
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August 2002 : USA Paperback
Title: Swift as Desire
Author(s): Laura Esquivel
ISBN: 0-385-72151-X / 978-0-385-72151-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Anchor
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2001 : Paperback
Title: Swift as Desire
Author(s): Laura Esquivel
ISBN: 5551171639 / 978-5551171638
Publisher: Anchor / Doubleday
Availability: Amazon UK   

Audio Editions

May 2011 : USA Audio edition
Title: Swift as Desire
Author(s): Laura Esquivel
Publisher: Random House AudioBooks
Availability: Amazon   

May 2011 : UK Audio edition
Title: Swift as Desire
Author(s): Laura Esquivel
Publisher: Random House AudioBooks
Availability: Amazon UK   

September 2001 : USA Audio Cassette
Title: Swift as Desire: A Novel
Author(s): Laura Esquivel
ISBN: 0-375-41978-0 / 978-0-375-41978-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Audio
Availability: Amazon CA   

September 2001 : USA Audio CD
Title: Swift as Desire: A Novel
Author(s): Laura Esquivel
ISBN: 0-375-41979-9 / 978-0-375-41979-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Audio
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   

September 2001 : USA Audio edition
Title: Swift as Desire
Author(s): Laura Esquivel
Publisher: Random House AudioBooks
Availability: Amazon   

September 2001 : UK Audio edition
Title: Swift as Desire
Author(s): Laura Esquivel
Publisher: Random House AudioBooks
Availability: Amazon UK   

2001 : USA Audio Cassette
Title: Swift As Desire
Author(s): Laura Esquivel
ISBN: 0-7366-7634-1 / 978-0-7366-7634-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Books On Tape, Inc.
Availability: Amazon   

2001 : USA Audio CD
Title: Swift as Desire
Author(s): Laura Esquivel
ISBN: 0-7366-8033-0 / 978-0-7366-8033-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Books on Tape
Availability: Amazon   

Kindle Editions

September 2010 : UK Kindle edition
Title: Swift As Desire
Author(s): Laura Esquivel
Publisher: Transworld Digital
Availability: Amazon UK   

August 2002 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
Title: Swift as Desire: A Novel
Author(s): Laura Esquivel
Publisher: Anchor
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