Thomas More's Magician: A Novel Account of Utopia in Mexico

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In 1532, eleven years after the Spanish conquest, Mexico is in crisis. As the conquistadors discover an earthly paradise, its peoples and their Gods are being destroyed. This is a time of greed, uncertainty—and idealism. Despairing of his surroundings, Vasco de Quiroga, a new member of the Spanish ruling council, forges a commune on Mexico City's outskirts, using Thomas More's book, Utopia, as his blueprint. As Toby Green explores Quiroga’s story, he begins to sense an eerie resonance between Quiroga’s age and our own. With vivid reconstructions of 16th-century Spain and Mexico, the narrative becomes an account not only of Quiroga, but also of Utopia as both an idea and a literary form.

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A fascinating account of one man’s attempt to create a real-life Utopia.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780753819784
  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Group, Limited
  • Publication date: 10/28/2005
  • Series: Phoenix Paperback Series
  • Edition description: New
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix
Map xi
Preface 1
Part 1 The Road to Dystopia 7
Part 2 Utopia: A Model Kit 135
Notes 281
Select Bibliography 319
Index 333
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