1492: the life and times of Juan Cabezón of Castile

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Plume, Sep 8, 1992 - Fiction - 284 pages
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Now in paperback, this part picaresque novel, part moving romance, part historical document, offers an extraordinary recreation of 15th-century Spain. A stunning bestseller that captures the terrifying age of the Spanish Inquisition in rich and baroque prose.

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Aridjis, a popular Mexican poet, and his translator wife provide English-speaking audiences an English version of his 1985 novel of a picaresque love story between two conversos (converts to ... Read full review


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Like most Latin American writers, Homero Aridjis has had to resort to journalism for financial support while creating a body of poetry that becomes more impressive with each volume. He is basically a poetry of the search for love and the love relationship, and through this relationship, of the search for value and meaning. Love and poetry thus become almost interchangeable, since poetry is also a unique source of knowledge. Exaltation of Light extends this approach to other areas of human experience, and to the ever present Aztec past, so that the Mexican experience becomes a metaphor for humankind's pursuit of life. Aridjis enjoys current prominence as an important environmental spokesperson in Mexico City, a city of enormous ecological problems.

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