Malinche by Laura Esquivel
A Novel

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When Malinalli, a member of the tribe conquered by the Aztec warriors, first meets Cortés, she -- like many -- believes that he is the reincarnated forefather god of her tribe. Naturally, she assumes that her task is to help Cortés destroy the Aztec empire and free her people. The two fall passionately in love, but Malinalli gradually comes to realize that Cortés's thirst for conquest is all too human. He is willing to destroy anyone, even his own men, even their own love.

Throughout Mexican history, Malinalli has been reviled for her betrayal of the Indian people. However, recent historical research has shown that her role was much more complex; she was the mediator between two cultures, Hispanic and Native American, and two languages, Spanish and Náhuatl.

Bursting with lyricism and vivid imagery, Malinche finally unveils the truth behind this legendary love affair.

About Laura Esquivel

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Laura Esquivel was born in Mexico City in 1950. Her first novel, "Like Water for Chocolate, " has sold more than four and a half million copies around the world and remained on the "New York Times" bestseller list for more than a year. She currently lives in Mexico.
Published May 2, 2006 by Atria Books. 224 pages
Genres: History, Romance, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Education & Reference, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Computers & Technology. Fiction

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In this brief novel, the author of 1992's Like Water For Chocolate attempts to repair the reputation of one of Mexican history's most reviled women, the Spanish conqueror Cortés's native interpreter, Malinalli.

Jun 24 2010 | Read Full Review of Malinche: A Novel

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Two novels look at the Aztec interpreter who helped Cortés conquer Mexico.

Jun 18 2006 | Read Full Review of Malinche: A Novel

Publishers Weekly

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Through the eyes of the historical native woman of the novel's title, Esquivel (Like Water for Chocolate ) reveals the defeat and destruction of Montezuma'

Feb 27 2006 | Read Full Review of Malinche: A Novel

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Esquivel reinterprets the legendary and tragic love affair between Malinche and Hernán Cortés in the lyrical prose that made Like Water for Chocolate a top-selling novel.

Apr 20 2008 | Read Full Review of Malinche: A Novel

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