On May 8, 1902, the citizens of Saint-Pierre, Martinique, scrambled frantically for shelter as the sky turned black and a rain of ash fell on the city. Mont Pelee, the island volcano that had remained dormant for so long, had suddenly awoken. Its rumblings became a savage roar, and within minutes the entire city had been destroyed along with its 30,000 inhabitants. The only apparent survivor was Ludger Sylbaris, a laborer who had spent the previous night in jail and who went on to tour in a human freak show as the Most Marvelous Man on Earth. Fire Mountain is the thrilling story of this modern-day Pompeii and of its politics, its miracles and its dead.
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