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Under the Fifth Sun: A Novel of Pancho Villa
     

Under the Fifth Sun: A Novel of Pancho Villa

by Earl Shorris
 

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This is a work of great scope, a powerful illumination of an enigmatic figure.
Told from the point of view of an ancient shaman, this is the dark and mystical story of Mexico's greatest revolutionary general, Pancho Villa. Shedding the Hollywood mantle of the drunken, womanizing bandit-turned-hero, the Villa who comes to life in this extraordinary novel is part man

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This is a work of great scope, a powerful illumination of an enigmatic figure.
Told from the point of view of an ancient shaman, this is the dark and mystical story of Mexico's greatest revolutionary general, Pancho Villa. Shedding the Hollywood mantle of the drunken, womanizing bandit-turned-hero, the Villa who comes to life in this extraordinary novel is part man and part myth, part visionary hoodlum and part brilliant general.
A troubled childhood--marked by his father's early death in the fields and his sister's rape by a local landowner--and a prophetic dream propel young Villa through a period of lawlessness and drifting and into life as a military leader. The story moves convincingly through the events of Villa's life, showing him to be a man of fierce passions and moral conviction, a natural leader for the rebellion.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393310832
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
10/17/1993
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
640
Sales rank:
1,164,807
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.50(d)

Meet the Author

Earl Shorris (1936–2012) is the author of many works of both fiction and non-fiction including Latinos, Under the Fifth Sun, In the Language of Kings, and Riches for the Poor. He was awarded a National Humanities Medal by President Clinton for his founding of the Clemente Course in the Humanities®, Inc.

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