The renunciation: a novel

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Four Walls Eight Windows, 1997 - Fiction - 135 pages
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Presented as a series of lectures interspersed with letters and other documents, this historical novel by one of Puerto Rico's most acclaimed contemporary novelists chronicles a pre-arranged marriage plotted to pacify the slave population and to save Puerto Rico from a rebellion. Intense and masterfully structured, the story of the eighteenth-century hero Baltasar Montanez provides a rich insight into issues of class and race in colonial Puerto Rico.

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A self-serving bishop persuades Baltasar Montanez, the son of a famous black leader in 18th-century Puerto Rico, to marry under pretense the white daughter of a government leader and thereby avert ... Read full review

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Andrew Hurley is a professor of history at the University of Missouri, St. Louis. Hurley is the author of Environmental Inequalities: Class, Race and Industrial Pollution in Gary, Indiana, 1945-1980 and Common Fields: An Environmental History of St. Louis.

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