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**PULITZER PRIZE FINALIST**
**NOMINATED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE**
**WINNER OF THE AMERICAN BOOK AWARD**
A "New York Times" Notable Book
A "Wall Street Journal" Top 10 Book of the Year
An NPR Great Read of 2014
A "Kirkus "Best Fiction Book of the Year
In these pages, Laila Lalami brings us the imagined memoirs of the first black explorer of America: Mustafa al-Zamori, called Estebanico. The slave of a Spanish conquistador, Estebanico sails for the Americas with his master, Dorantes, as part of a danger-laden expedition to Florida. Within a year, Estebanico is one of only four crew members to survive.
As he journeys across America with his Spanish companions, the Old World roles of slave and master fall away, and Estebanico remakes himself as an equal, a healer, and a remarkable storyteller. His tale illuminates the ways in which our narratives can transmigrate into history and how storytelling can offer a chance at redemption and survival."
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Specificații

ISBN-13: 9780804170628
ISBN-10: 0804170622
Pagini: 336
Dimensiuni: 130 x 203 x 23 mm
Greutate: 0.26 kg
Editura: Vintage Publishing
Colecția Vintage Books

Recenzii

"Feels at once historical and contemporary . . . For Lalami, storytelling is a primal struggle over power between the strong and the weak, between good and evil, and against forgetting . . . Lalami sees the story [of Estebanico] as a form of moral and spiritual instruction that can lead to transcendence."
--"The New York Times Book Review"
"Assured, lyrical . . . Certainly the most extensive telling of the tale from 'the Moor's' point of view . . . Adding a new spin to a familiar story, Lalami offers an utterly believable, entertainingly told alternative to the historical record. A delight."
--"Kirkus "(starred review)
"In 1527, PAnfilo de NarvAez set out for the Americas. Laila Lalami reimagines his story in her stunning historical novel, through the eyes of one of his crewman's Moroccan slave, Mustafa al-Zamori. "The Moor's Account" sheds light on all of the possible the New World exploration stories that didn't make history."
--"Huffington Post," "Best Books for Fall 2014"
"A deeply layered, complex portrait of all-too-familiar characters in an unfamiliar world . . . A totally engrossing and captivating novel that reconsiders the overlooked roles of Africans in New World exploration."
--"Booklist "
"Laila Lalami has fashioned an absorbing story of one of the first encounters between Spanish conquistadores and Native Americans, a frightening, brutal, and much-falsified history that here, in her brilliantly imagined fiction, is rewritten to give us something that feels very like the truth."
--Salman Rushdie
"A beautiful, rousing tale that would be difficult to believe if it were not actually true. Lalami has once again shown why she is one of her generation's most gifted writers."
--Reza Aslan, author of "Zealot"
"Tremendous and powerful, "The Moor's Account" is one of the finest historical novels I've encountered in a while. It rings with thunder!"
--Gary Shteyngart, author of "Super Sad True Love Story" and "Little Failure"
"Laila Lalami's radiant, arrestingly vivid prose instantly draws us into the world of the first black slave in the New World whose name we know--Estebanico. A bravura performance of imagination and empathy, "The Moor's Account" reverberates long after the final page."
--Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and Director of the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research, Harvard University
""QuE belleza"! Laila Lalami has given us a mesmerizing reimagining of one of the foundational chronicles of exploration of the New World and an indictment of the uncontainable hubris displayed by Spanish explorers--told from the point of view of Estebanillo, an Arab slave and Cabeza de Vaca's companion in a trek across the United States that is as important as that of Lewis and Clark. The style and voice of sixteenth-century "crOnicas "are turned upside down to subtly undermine our understanding of race and religion, now and then. The Moor's Account is a worthy stepchild of" Don Quixote de la Mancha.""
" --"Ilan Stavans, author of "On Borrowed Words: A Memoir of Language "and general editor of "The Norton Anthology of Latino Literature"
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"A novel of extraordinary scope, ambition and originality. Laila Lalami has given voice to a man silenced by for five centuries, a voice both convincing and compelling. "The Moor's Account" is a work of creativity and compassion, one which demonstrates the full might of Lalami's talent as a writer."
--Aminatta Forna, the Commonwealth Writers' Prize and Hurston Prize Legacy Award-winning author of "The Memory of Love, Ancestor Stones, " and "The Devil That Danced on the Water"
"Laila Lalami has created an unforgettable drama of wonder out of the gaps and silences in the master narratives of colonial conquests. She gives name to the unnamed; agency to the sidelined; she takes them from footnotes into the footprints that make up the pages of this remarkable novel. Lalami gives voice to the silences of history."
--Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o

An exciting tale of wild hopes, divided loyalties, and highly precarious fortunes. "The New Yorker"
An absorbing story of one of the first encounters between Spanish conquistadores and Native Americans, a frightening, brutal, and much-falsified history that here, in her brilliantly imagined fiction, is rewritten to give us something that feels very like the truth. Salman Rushdie
Stunning. . . . "The Moor s Account" sheds light on all of the possible the New World exploration stories that didn t make history. "Huffington Post"
Lalami has once again shown why she is one of her generation s most gifted writers. Reza Aslan, author of"Zealot
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Compelling. . . . Necessary. . . . Laila Lalami s mesmerizing"The Moor s Account"presents us a historical fiction that feels something like a plural totality . . . a narrative that braids points of view so intricately that they become one even as we re constantly reminded of the separate and often contrarystrands that render the whole. "The Los Angeles Review of Books
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Richly rewarding. NPR
A bold and exhilarating bid to give a real-life figure muzzled by history the chance to have his say in fiction. "San Francisco Chronicle"
[A] rich novel based on an actual, ill-fated 16th century Spanish expedition to Florida. . . . Offers a pungent alternative history that muses on the ambiguous power of words to either tell the truth or reshape it according to our desires. "Los Angeles Times"
Estebanico is a superb storyteller, capable of sensitive character appraisals and penetrating ethnographic detail. "The Wall Street Journal
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Feels at once historical and contemporary. . . . For Lalami, storytelling is a primal struggle over power between the strong and the weak, between good and evil, and against forgetting. . . . Lalami sees the story [of Estebanico] as a form of moral and spiritual instruction that can lead to transcendence. "The New York Times Book Review"
Meticulously researched and inventive. . . . Those interested in the history of the Spanish colonization of the Americas will find much to like in "The Moor s Account," as will lovers of good yarns of faraway lands and times. "The Seattle Times"
Excellent historical fiction. . . . The way the Moor s account differs from the Spaniards is amazing. It s a play on perspective in more ways than one. "Ebony
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Artfully conveys the politics and power dynamics of bondage. . . . Eloquently examines the subjectivity of narrative and the creation and manipulation of the truth. . . . With this magnificent novel, Lalami, through fiction, has penned a revelation and tribute to truth. "The Millions
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Tremendous and powerful, "The Moor s Account"is one of the finest historical novels I ve encountered in a while. It rings with thunder! Gary Shteyngart
Laila Lalami s radiant, arrestingly vivid prose instantly draws us into the world of the first black slave in the New World whose name we know Estebanico. A bravura performance of imagination and empathy, "The Moor s Account"reverberates long after the final page. Henry Louis Gates, Jr."

Notă biografică

Laila Lalamiis the author of the short story collection"Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits, "which was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award, and the novel"Secret Son, "which was on the Orange Prize long list. Her essays and opinion pieces have appeared in the"Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The Nation, The Guardian, "and"The New York Times, "and in many anthologies. She is the recipient of a British Council Fellowship, a Fulbright Fellowship, and a Lannan Residency Fellowship and is an associate professor of creative writing at the University of California at Riverside. She lives in Los Angeles.
www.lailalalami.com"

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