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You Dreamed of Empires

Enrigue, AlvaroWimmer, Natasha(Translated by)
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'An Aztec West Wing' GUARDIAN'A triumph' FINANCIAL TIMES'A mischievous fantasy' TLS'Glorious' i-DIn 1519, Conquistador Hernán Cortés and his troops ride into the floating city of Tenoxtitlan – today’s Mexico City – in this hallucinatory, revelatory, colonial revenge story. Invited to a ceremonial meal with the steely princess Atotoxtli, sister and wife of the emperor Moctezuma, the Spanish nearly bungle their entrance into the city and its labyrinthine palace.

Soon, one of Cortés’s captains, Jazmín Caldera, begins to question the ease with which they were welcomed, and wonders at the risks of getting out alive, much less conquering the empire. Moctezuma himself is at a political, spiritual and physical crossroads, relying on hallucinogens in a quest for any kind of answer from the gods.

When Cortés and Moctezuma meet, two worlds, empires, languages, and possible futures collide. You Dreamed of Empires brings to life Tenoxtitlan at its height – and reimagines its destiny. It sets afire the moment of conquest and turns it into a moment of revolution, in a novel so electric and so unique that it feels like a dream. Translated by Natasha Wimmer

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Harvill Secker
1787303802 / 9781787303805
United Kingdom
Historic novels
224 pages
23 cm
Translated from the Spanish.