Azteca

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Hacia 1530 el emperador Carlos pide al obispo de México que le proporcione información sobre la vida y costumbres de los indios americanos; el obispo fray Juan de Zumárraga envía al monarca el comienzo de una relación autobiográfica que ha hecho de vida voz un indio de unos sesenta y tantos años, Nube Oscura o Mixtli, en la que narra su niñez, la mentalidad y costumbres de su pueblo, su formación y sus amores, siempre tormentosos y trágicos. Por fin es emisario de Moctezuma, entra en contacto con los españoles de...
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Hacia 1530 el emperador Carlos pide al obispo de México que le proporcione información sobre la vida y costumbres de los indios americanos; el obispo fray Juan de Zumárraga envía al monarca el comienzo de una relación autobiográfica que ha hecho de vida voz un indio de unos sesenta y tantos años, Nube Oscura o Mixtli, en la que narra su niñez, la mentalidad y costumbres de su pueblo, su formación y sus amores, siempre tormentosos y trágicos. Por fin es emisario de Moctezuma, entra en contacto con los españoles de Hernán Cortés, es bautizado y recibe el nombre de Juan Damasceno, aunque sigue fiel a los usos de los aztecas. Su trepidante y desgarrada historia culminará en una tragedia personal que resume simbólicamente el choque de dos civilizaciones, de dos maneras inconciliables de entender el mundo.
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Towards 1530 the Emperor Carlos asks the bishop of Mexico to provide him with information on the life and customs of the American Indians; the bishop fray Juan de Zumárraga sends the monarch the beginning of an autobiographical tale that has given life to the voice of an Indian of about sixty years, Mixtil-Dark Cloud, in which he narrates his childhood, the mentality and customs of his town, its formation and its loves, always stormy and tragic. At last he becomes emissary of Moctezuma, comes in contact with the Spaniards of Courteous Hernán, is baptized and he receives the name of Juan Damasceno, although he faithfully follows the ways of the Aztecs. This fast-paced and harrowing history culminates in a personal tragedy that symbolically summarizes the clash of two civilizations, of two irreconcilable ways to understand the world.
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First published in English in 1980, this highly acclaimed international best seller takes readers into the heart of Mexico's Aztec empire. Jennings reconstructs the life and rituals of the Aztecs and their encounter with the Spanish colonizers through the eyes of Mixtli, an old Aztec scribe, warrior, and traveling merchant. A new edition of the sequel, Otono azteca (Aztec Autum), is also available from Planeta. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9788408053606
  • Publisher: Planeta Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 9/28/2004
  • Language: Spanish
  • Product dimensions: 4.30 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 2.10 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2006

    AZTECA is by far one of the greatest reads! 2 thumbs up!

    I read this book while I was on vacatioon in Puerto Rico,picked it up because I couldnt sleep one night and then simply could NOT put it down. It is so detailed, emotional and POWERFUL a must read!! It makes you really think about life, about the rise and then the falling of empires! Its about sacrifices and regreats.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2004

    It is the only book about aztecs!!!

    Coming from a mexican culture and liking to explore the real mexican backgrounds, I have never been so prouder of being mexican until I read Aztec, it actually takes you places no other author has. It does not only talk about the aztec himself but also it is very nice to know the meaning of the places where I grew up. Read it, you will love it not only because it is good, but because it will keep your interest at all times.

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