ORO, by Cizia Zyke. Translated by Stanley Hochman. "This is the story of one man's search for gold. 'Oro' traces the rise and fall of his fortunes in South America from solo prospecting on the Osa peninsula to the search for antiquities in the Colombian jungle . . . "
Oro - Zyke followed rumors of an exceedingly rich source of gold in Costa Rica's mountainous jungle & found them to be true. And so, surrounded by mud, snakes, malaria-carrying mosquitoes and rival prospectors, he set up a camp, peopled by ex-convicts & fugitives, to mine gold.