A Novel

Book - 2006
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"The story of a legendary relationship between Herma Cortés and Malinche, an indigenous woman who acted as translator, advisor and mistress to the Aztec conquering Cortés. A tale of misguided passion and profound consequences." -- Readers Advisor, HPL.
"When Malinalli, a member of the tribe conquered by the Aztec warriors, first meets Corte;s, she -- like many -- believes that he is the reincarnated forefather god of her tribe. Naturally, she assumes that her task is to help Cortés destroy the Aztec empire and free her people. The two fall passionately in love, but Malinalli gradually comes to realize that Corte;s's thirst for conquest is all too human. He is willing to destroy anyone, even his own men, even their own love. Throughout Mexican history, Malinalli has been reviled for her betrayal of the Indian people. However, recent historical research has shown that her role was much more complex; she was the mediator between two cultures, Hispanic and Native American, and two languages, Spanish and Náhuatl. Bursting with lyricism and vivid imagery, Malinche finally unveils the truth behind this legendary love affair."--Inside jacket.
Publisher: New York : Atria Books, 2006
Branch Call Number: FICTION ESQ
Characteristics: 191 p. ; 22 cm


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Jan 05, 2012

So the book as described on the back is quite poetic and lyrical. I felt that story line jumped around with the time line and from character prespective a bit abruptly. However I appreciate the fact the the author brought a well rounded development of Dona Marina aka Malinche aka Malinalli. Give it a read if you are into Mexico's history and are fascinated in the position translators have in history.

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