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The Mexican Dream, or, The Interrupted Thought of Amerindian Civilizations

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Translator  Teresa Lavender Fagan
Publication date  1965
Media type  Print
Author  J. M. G. Le Clézio
Published in english  1993
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Country  France
Published in English  1993
Originally published  1965
Subject  History of Mesoamerica
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Language  French translated into English
Publisher  University of Chicago Press (translation)
Original title  Le Rêve mexicain ou la pensée interrompue
Similar  Trois Villes saintes, Le Livre des fuites, Poisson d'or, Voyage à Rodrigues, Le Déluge

The Mexican Dream, Or, The Interrupted Thought of Amerindian Civilizations is an English translation of an essay written in French by J. M. G. Le Clézio.

Contents

Contents

  • Le rêve du Conquérant(The dream of the conquerors)
  • Moctezuma, Huitzilopochtli, Mexico
  • Le rêve des origines(The dream of origins)
  • Quetzalcoatl, Huitzilopochtli, Aztèques
  • Mythes mexicains(Mexican myths)
  • Nahuatl, Huicholes, Quetzalcoatl
  • Nezahualcoyotl, or the Festival of Words
  • The barbarian dream
  • Antonin Artaud, or the Mexican Dream
  • The interrupted thought of Amerindian Civilizations
  • Notes
  • Map of region
  • Subjects

  • History: Latin American History
  • Latin American Studies
  • Literature and Literary Criticism: Romance Languages
  • Religion: Comparative Studies and History of Religion
  • Aim

    In the essay, Le Clézio conducts an inquiry into the brutal disappearance of the indigenous cultures of Mesoamerica in the 16th century, particularly the end of the Mexican civilization at the hands of the Spanish conquistadors. The author analyses the personalities of characters such as Hernán Cortés, La Malinche, Moctezuma II, Cuauhtémoc, and other key players in the conquest of Mesoamerica. He refers extensively to the descriptions offered by Bernal Díaz del Castillo in his Historia verdadera de la conquista de la Nueva España in analysing the events. He imagines what might have happened if the native populations had not been reduced to silence by brutality, and what their impact on Western civilization might have been. Understanding that the West holds both economic and cultural sway over the contemporary world because of the colonization of America, he wonders how the cultural life of Mesoamerica – particularly that of the Aztecs – would have evolved if the arrival of the Europeans had not decimated the indigenous societies through war, disease and slavery.

    Publication history/Editions

    11 editions published between 1988 and 2004 in 5 languages and held by 835 libraries worldwide

    First French Edition

  • Le Clézio, J -M G (1965). Le Rêve mexicain ou la pensée interrompue (in French). Paris: Gallimard,Collection Folio/essais, 178. p. 274. ISBN 978-2-07-032680-8. 
  • second French Edition

  • Le Clézio, J -M G (1988). Le rêve mexicain, ou, La pensée interrompue (in French). [Paris: Gallimard NRF essais. p. 248. ISBN 978-2-07-071389-9. 
  • other French Edition

    Also published in French under Le Clézio, J.M.G. (1992). Le Rêve mexicain. Paris: Gallimard Folio. p. 273. ISBN 978-2-07-032680-8. 

    First English Edition

  • Clézio, JMG (1993). The Mexican Dream, Or, The Interrupted Thought of Amerindian Civilizations. Translated by Teresa Lavender Fagan. Chicago (Illinois) United States: University of Chicago Press. p. 232. ISBN 978-0-226-11002-8. 
  • Second English Edition

  • Clézio, JMG (2009). The Mexican Dream, Or, The Interrupted Thought of Amerindian Civilizations. Translated by Teresa Lavender Fagan. Chicago (Illinois) United States: University of Chicago Press. ISBN 978-0-226-11003-5. 
  • Reviews

    Le Figaro and Kirkus Reviews reviewed the book.

    References

    The Mexican Dream, or, The Interrupted Thought of Amerindian Civilizations Wikipedia


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