Malinche: A Novel

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Simon and Schuster, May 2, 2006 - Fiction - 208 pages
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When Malinalli, a member of the tribe conquered by the Aztec warriors, first meets Cortés, 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 Cortés'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.
 

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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

In this brief novel, the author of 1992's Like Water For Chocolate attempts to repair the reputation of one of Mexican history's most reviled women, the Spanish conqueror Cortés's native interpreter ... Read full review

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User Review  - Carmenere - LibraryThing

Malinche is best described as a novel of historical fiction. The title character, Malinalli also known as Malinche or Dona Marina was actually very real and played an integral part in Cortes’s ... Read full review

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Contents

One
3
Two
17
Three
41
Four
61
Five
83
Six
109
Seven
135
Eight
171
Acknowledgments
187
Bibliography
189
About the Author
193
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Page 8 - I dreamed about, my necklace of fine jewels, my quetzal plumage, my human creation, engendered by me. You are my blood, my color, in you is my image.

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About the author (2006)

Laura Esquivel was born in Mexico City in 1950. Her first novel, Like Water for Chocolate, has sold more than four and a half million copies around the world and remained on the New York Times bestseller list for more than a year. She currently lives in Mexico.

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