Teresa Lavender Fagan
| 3.5/5 |
History of Mesoamerica
| French translated into English|
University of Chicago Press (translation)
Le Rêve mexicain ou la pensée interrompue
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.
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
Map of region
History: Latin American History
Latin American Studies
Literature and Literary Criticism: Romance Languages
Religion: Comparative Studies and History of Religion
The Mexican Dream, or, The Interrupted Thought of Amerindian Civilizations Wikipedia
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.
11 editions published between 1988 and 2004 in 5 languages and held by 835 libraries worldwide 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.
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.
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. 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.
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.
Le Figaro and Kirkus Reviews reviewed the book.