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Search: Title Author Article. Rate this book. 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. Click to the right or left of the sample to turn the page.

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But the next novels she published in the U. Her house in Mexico City, nearly years old, is still inhabited today, and for many Mexicans it bears as many complicated stigmas as the woman who once lived there. But a great subject alone will not carry a novel to greatness, and may even make a bad book worse.

These scenes set an appropriately spiritual tone for a story in which religion plays a major role: When Cortes arrives in the teeming heart of the empire with only a few hundred men, he owes his easy triumph to a widespread belief that the Spaniard is a welcome incarnation of the ancient god Quetzalcoatl, who has returned to end the dreaded ritual of human sacrifice.

It overturned the conventions of the traditional folkloric tale by reversing its focus from a male-dominated world to a feminine one, shifting the drama -- augmented with liberal sprinklings of magic realism and classic Mexican recipes -- from the battlefield to the kitchen. This worked like a charm, but it also seems to have persuaded Esquivel that a high-concept idea will excuse all kinds of deficiencies.

Because they lacked the necessary foundations of solid storytelling, each book collapsed. The new book is different, of course. Still, Esquivel has used the grandness of its subject to cloak its defects in much the same way. Hot Property.

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Esquivel respins a tale from Mexico’s complex beginnings

But the next novels she published in the U. Her house in Mexico City, nearly years old, is still inhabited today, and for many Mexicans it bears as many complicated stigmas as the woman who once lived there. But a great subject alone will not carry a novel to greatness, and may even make a bad book worse. These scenes set an appropriately spiritual tone for a story in which religion plays a major role: When Cortes arrives in the teeming heart of the empire with only a few hundred men, he owes his easy triumph to a widespread belief that the Spaniard is a welcome incarnation of the ancient god Quetzalcoatl, who has returned to end the dreaded ritual of human sacrifice. It overturned the conventions of the traditional folkloric tale by reversing its focus from a male-dominated world to a feminine one, shifting the drama -- augmented with liberal sprinklings of magic realism and classic Mexican recipes -- from the battlefield to the kitchen.

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Malinche , by Laura Esquivel, is a deceptively simple book. In a sense, this book might be read as an apology on her behalf. After learning Spanish, Malinalli strives to interpret not just the words but the meaning, the intent, behind the words. She gives such importance to the power of words that she sees translation as almost a religious duty, one that gods might punish her for failing at.

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Malinche, by Laura Esquivel

La Malinche - also known by her Yucatec name Malinalli, her Aztec name of Malintzin and her Spanish name, Marina - is fundamental to Mexico's self-image. She has been imaginatively written about for the past years by historians, novelists and most recently feminists. Not for nothing does historia mean both history and story in Spanish. Creation mythology and revolutionary propaganda alike named La Malinche "mother of the Nation", and a rallying cry against Spanish rule. An Eve born in real time or , she became the conqueror Cortes' concubine at 16, bearing him a son in a first branch on the family tree of mestizaje, or mixed indigenous and European blood. Because she betrayed the Aztec emperor Moctezuma with Cortes, her treachery has given rise to another common expression: malinchismo. This has come to mean selling out, specifically your own cultural inheritance - effectively negating her later appropriation as an anti-Hispanic heroine.

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