The Mexican Dream: Or, the Interrupted Thought of AmerIndian Civilization

The Mexican Dream: Or, the Interrupted Thought of AmerIndian Civilization

by J. M. G. Le Clezio
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0226110036

ISBN-13: 9780226110035

Pub. Date: 07/15/2009

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

Not one dream but many unfold in J. M. G. Le Clézio's conjuring of the consciousness of Mexico, strange and powerful evocation of the imaginings that made and unmade an ancient culture. "What motivated me," Le Clézio has said, "was a sort of dream about what has disappeared and what could have been." A widely respected French novelist with a long history

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Not one dream but many unfold in J. M. G. Le Clézio's conjuring of the consciousness of Mexico, strange and powerful evocation of the imaginings that made and unmade an ancient culture. "What motivated me," Le Clézio has said, "was a sort of dream about what has disappeared and what could have been." A widely respected French novelist with a long history of interest in pre- Columbian Mexico, Le Clézio imagined how the thought of early Indian civilizations might have evolved if not for the interruption of European conquest. In an unprecedented way, his book takes us into the dream that was the religion of the Aztecs, which in its own apocalyptic visions anticipated the coming of the Spanish conquerors. Here the dream of the conquistadores rises before us, too, the glimmering idea of gold drawing Europe into the Mexican dream. Against the religion and thought of the Aztecs and the Tarascans and the Europeans in Mexico, Le Clézio also shows us those of the "barbarians" of the north, the nomadic Indians beyond the pale of the Aztec frontier. Finally, Le Clézio book is a dream of the present, a meditation on what in Amerindian civilizations--in their language, in their way of telling tales, of wanting to survive their own destruction--moved the poet, playwright, and actor Antonin Artaud and motivates Le Clézio in this book. The author's deep identification with pre-Columbian cultures, whose faith told them the wheel of time would bring their gods and their beliefs back to them, finds fitting expression in this extraordinary book, which brings the dream around. J. M. G. Le Clézio was born in Nice in 1940. In 1963 he received the Renaudot Prize for his first novel, Le proces- verbal. He has studied the Indian civilizations of pre-Columbian Mexico since 1971 and has published translations of Mayan sacred texts and an evocation of three sacred villages in the land of the Maya, Trois villes saintes (1980). Two of his novels are soon to be available in English from David Godine.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226110035
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
07/15/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
619,112
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents


Translator's Note
1. The Dream of the Conquerors
2. The Dream of Origins
3. Mexican Myths
4. Nezahualcóyotl, or the Festival of Words
5. The Barbarian Dream
6. Antonin Artaud, or the Mexican Dream
7. The Interrupted Thought of Amerindian Civilizations
Notes
Map of region

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