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The Mexican dream, or, The interrupted thought of Amerindian civilizations

Author: J -M G Le Clézio; Mazal Holocaust Collection.
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 1993.
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"Not one dream but many unfold in J.M.G. Le Clezio's conjuring of the consciousness of Mexico, a powerful evocation of the imaginings that made and unmade an ancient culture. "What motivated me," Le Clezio has said, "was a sort of dream about what has disappeared and what could have been." A widely respected French novelist who for many years has studied pre-Columbian Mexico, Le Clezio imagined how the thought of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: J -M G Le Clézio; Mazal Holocaust Collection.
ISBN: 0226110028 9780226110028
OCLC Number: 27814151
Description: x, 221 p. : map ; 21 cm.
Contents: The dream of the conquerors --
The dream of origins --
Mexican myths --
Nezahualcoyotl, or the Festival of Words --
The barbarian dream --
Antonin Artaud, or the Mexican Dream --
The interrupted thought of Amerindian Civilizations.
Other Titles: Mexican dream.
Interrupted thought of Amerindian civilizations.
Rêve mexicain.
Responsibility: J.M.G. Le Clézio ; translated by Teresa Lavender Fagan.
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"Not one dream but many unfold in J.M.G. Le Clezio's conjuring of the consciousness of Mexico, a powerful evocation of the imaginings that made and unmade an ancient culture. "What motivated me," Le Clezio has said, "was a sort of dream about what has disappeared and what could have been." A widely respected French novelist who for many years has studied pre-Columbian Mexico, Le Clezio imagined how the thought of early Indian civilizations might have evolved if not for the interruption of European conquest." "In an unprecedented way, his book takes us into the dream that was the religion of the Aztecs, which in its own apocalyptic visions anticipated the coming of the Spanish conquerors. Here the dream of the conquistadores rises before us, too, the glimmering idea of gold drawing Europe into the Mexican dream. Against the religion and thought of the Aztecs and the Tarascans and the Europeans in Mexico, Le Clezio also shows us those of the "barbarians" of the north, the nomadic Indians beyond the pale of the Aztec frontier." "Finally, Le Clezio's book is a dream of the present, a meditation on what in Amerindian civilizations - in their language, in their way of telling tales, of wanting to survive their own destruction - moved the poet, playwright, and actor Antonin Artaud and motivates Le Clezio in this book. The author's deep identification with pre-Columbian cultures, whose faith told them the wheel of time would bring their gods and their beliefs back to them, finds fitting expression in this extraordinary book, which brings the dream around."--Jacket.

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