La mano de Fátima [NOOK Book]

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La apasionante historia de un joven atrapado entre dos religiones y dos amores, en busca de su libertad y la de su pueblo

España, segunda mitad del siglo XVI: hace más de medio siglo que ha desaparecido el último reino musulmán de la península, el de Granada. Los musulmanes, cuya presencia tenía ochocientos años de antigüedad, se ven convertidos en una minoría oprimida económicamente y humillada en sus costumbres y religión, que incluso son ...

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Overview

La apasionante historia de un joven atrapado entre dos religiones y dos amores, en busca de su libertad y la de su pueblo

España, segunda mitad del siglo XVI: hace más de medio siglo que ha desaparecido el último reino musulmán de la península, el de Granada. Los musulmanes, cuya presencia tenía ochocientos años de antigüedad, se ven convertidos en una minoría oprimida económicamente y humillada en sus costumbres y religión, que incluso son obligados a abandonar.

Hartos de tanta injusticia, los moriscos, que es como se llamaba a los musulmanes españoles, se alzan en los montes de Granada contra los cristianos y emprenden una lucha desigual. Entre los sublevados está Hernando, hijo de una morisca y del sacerdote que la había violado; ello hace que sea rechazado, tanto por los suyos debido a su origen, como por los cristianos, por la cultura y costumbres de su madre. Hernando busca libertad y respeto, pero se encuentra con la brutalidad de unos y otros. También descubre el amor, en la persona de la valerosa Fátima, la de los hermosos ojos negros.

Tras la derrota de la insurrección, Hernando es deportado a la ciudad de Córdoba, la hermosa ciudad que aún conserva el legado de su pasado árabe. En ella Hernando intenta comenzar una nueva vida, que será una nueva etapa en la lucha por la tolerancia y la concordia entre las dos culturas.

El autor de La catedral del mar vuelve con una trepidante novela con las mismas claves que llevaron al éxito a la primera: fidelidad histórica entrecruzada con un conmovedor relato de amor y odio, de ilusiones perdidas y esperanzas que dan sentido a la vida y la lanzan por los caminos de la aventura.

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This second novel by best-selling Spanish author Falcones (La catedral del mar) features another young male protagonist coming of age in Spain. Hernando is the blue-eyed son of a Moorish mother, raped at age 13 by a Spanish priest, in 16th-century Spain. Hernando senses the rejection of his stepfather and other members of the clandestine Muslim community, but early in adolescence, at the feet of other elders, he learns to appreciate the rich cultural and religious legacy of Moorish Spain. His entire existence unfolds in the uneasy space between the two cultures. When Muslims rebel against abuse, they are killed and expelled. In the heat of one battle, as a young man, Hernando meets his first wife, Fátima. Fierce and firm in her faith, she will shape his existence. The title alludes both to her and to the hamsa amulet, also known in Spanish as "la mano de Fátima." Readable and engaging, this massive tome is grounded in meticulous historical research. The twists and turns of Hernando's life provide a tour of early modern Spain, with an emphasis on the human tragedies and triumphs of the Moorish peoples. At its heart, though, the book is a love story not just about a man and the women about whom he cares deeply but also about the culture he is bound to by faith and passion. Highly recommended for larger bookstores and libraries.—Laura Barbas-Rhoden, Wofford Coll., Spartanburg, SC
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307832412
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 12/5/2012
  • Language: Spanish
  • Series: Vintage Espanol
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 960
  • Sales rank: 164,594
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Ildefonso Falcones, casado y padre de cuatro hijos, es abogado y ejerce en Barcelona. La catedral del mar, su primera novela se convirtió en un éxito editorial mundial sin precedentes, reconocida tanto por los lectores como la crítica y publicada en más de cuarenta países. Con más de cuatro millones de ejemplares vendidos en todo el mundo, Falcones se ha consagrado como el autor de novela histórica más vendido de España.
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  • Posted October 21, 2009

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    The book is a combination of the story of Hernando Ruíz and an very poor attempt by the author to find reconciliation between Muslims and Christians. The combination does not work and it creates a painful experience for the reader.

    This is the story of Hernando Ruíz, or Ibn Hamid, the bastard son of a Catholic priest and a muslin woman, Aisha. The period is the second half of the XVIth century (the book covers the periods from December 1568 to 1612) in Spain. Since 1498, when the moors were expelled from Spain, they become a minority that is abused and oppressed by the new rulers of the land--the Christians. Hernando will represent all the tragedies that both parties will inflict on each other.

    Aisha later married a Muslim man, José, or Brajín, who bears him four more children: Musa, Zahara, Aquil, and Ruiza--two boys and two girls. Brajín barely tolerates his wife's bastard son--who has clear blue eyes--and is nickname the Nazarene by both Muslims and Christians and rejected by both cultures.

    Tired of the Catholic abuse, the moors rebelled in the town of Júviles (near Granada) in 1568, massacring thousands of Christians and burning their Churches. Hernando is part of the rebellion. But he manages to save the lives Alfonso de Córdova the duke of Monterreal, and Isabel, a small blonde child whose brother was dismembered by the Muslim crowd.

    Phillip second crushes the rebellion and this time it is the Muslims who are massacred by the Christians. Hernando is torn by the cruelty of the two faiths he belongs to--and dominates perfectly well--until he meets Fátima, who he falls madly in love. Brajín, his stepfather desires Fátima and sells his stepson as a slave to the Turks and marries Fátima. Later Fátima divorces Brajín and marries Hernando, giving him children. But Brajín goes to Tunis where he sets shop as a pirate and kidnaps Fátima and her children. Aisha, Hernando's mother lies to him and tells him that Fátima is dead and so are her sons.

    After the defeat, Hernando is deported to Córdova, where he starts a new life, marries a Christian wife and makes an attempt through a convoluted plan of false documents and the cult of the Virgin Mary--which is shared by both Muslims and Catholics--to achieve peace and harmony between the two religions.

    Ironically, this reconciliatory movement could be applied today, where religious differences are causing so much suffering and havoc.

    This is Falcones second novel. After The Cathedral of the Sea, (La Catedral del Mar) which I consider a masterpiece, I was quite disillusioned by his second novel. He is suffering from "second novel syndrome": going from 672 pages on her first novel to 955 on the second.

    Whereas in La Catedral del Mar loyalty, vengeance, treason, love, disease, and war mix in a world marked by religious intolerance, ambition, and social status--there is Fátima's Hand suffers from verbiage that has very little reason to be. Two many characters, too many love interests, losing the wife, gaining the wife. His mother lying to him to ruin his life--the drama is intolerable. I wanted the book to be over by the 300th page.

    The book is a combination of the story of Hernando Ruíz and an very poor attempt by the author to find reconciliation between Muslims and Christians. The combination does not work and it creates a painful experience for the reader.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 26, 2014

    I really enjoyed this book. The portrayal of the main character

    I really enjoyed this book. The portrayal of the main character and his many conflicts, up & downs along the story and the accurate historical background transported me with passion into the past, I felt sad when I finished it... I wanted even more.

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    Posted September 6, 2013

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    I like this book!

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