Dammed If You Don't tells the story of a deeply conflicted photographer who tries to save Lahuenco – a remote valley in Patagonian Chile – by showing the world how beautiful it is. But in showing the world how beautiful it is, he inadvertently puts Lahuenco in peril – including a rare and mysterious salamander whose sudden appearance there forces the scientific community to rethink its understanding of evolutionary biology, and possibly human history itself.
Dammed If You Don't from American author and environmental campaigner Chris Kalman tells the story of a deeply conflicted photographer who tries to save Lahuenco – a remote valley in Patagonian Chile – by showing the world how beautiful it is.
But in showing the world how beautiful it is, he inadvertently puts Lahuenco in peril – including a rare and mysterious salamander whose sudden appearance there forces the scientific community to rethink its understanding of evolutionary biology, and possibly human history itself.
This is Kalman’s second novel following on from As Above, So Below.
Chris Kalman’s life has been full of wonder, a phenomenal ride. With climbing as his compass, and writing as his vehicle, he’s been across the American West, down perilous mountain roads in India and Morocco, through chaotic cities in China and Thailand, and among the untamed wilds of Chilean and Argentine Patagonia. Life has been good to him so far. He believes in: the power of language; the sanctity of wilderness; the equality of all people regardless of gender, colour, nationality, sexual persuasion, or any other irrelevant bullshit. Oh yeah. And climate change. He believes in climate change. Chris remains a dedicated climber – with many ascents and first ascents to his name around the world. He has also written for many publications including Alpinist, American Alpine Journal as associate editor, Ascent, Climb, Climbing, Gestalten, Patagonia, Rock and Ice and Up.St.Art.
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