About this title: In THE SNOW LEOPARD, Matthiessen documents his travels in Nepal with naturalist George Schaller, including his attempts to come to grips with his wife's death from cancer, and his general pondering of questions of life and death. The snow leopard becomes a symbol to Matthiessen of the elusive silence of the peace of Zen. "On the River Styx," about an environmental lawyer who has problems with the locals in a small Florida community, is one of his most celebrated short stories.
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