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

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

by Toby Green
     
 

ISBN-10: 0753819783

ISBN-13: 9780753819784

Pub. Date: 10/28/2005

Publisher: Orion Publishing Group, Limited

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,

Overview

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.

Product Details

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 Illustrationsix
Mapxi
Preface1
Part 1The Road to Dystopia7
Part 2Utopia: A Model Kit135
Notes281
Select Bibliography319
Index333

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