By (author) Alvar Nunez Cabeza De Vaca
Edited by Enrique Pupo-Walker
Translated by Frances M. Lopez-Morillas
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Castaways by Alvar Nunez Cabeza De Vaca
Book DescriptionThis enthralling story of survival is the first major narrative of the exploration of North America by Europeans (1528-36). The author of "Castaways (Naufragios)", Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca, was a fortune-seeking nobleman and the treasurer of an expedition to claim for Spain a vast area that includes today's Florida, Louisiana, and Texas. A shipwreck forced him and a handful of men to make the long westward journey on foot to meet up with Hernan Cortes. In order to survive, Cabeza de Vaca joined native people along the way, learning their languages and practices and serving them as a slave and later as a physician. When after eight years he finally reached the West, he was not recognized by his compatriots. In his writing Cabeza de Vaca displays great interest in the cultures of the native people he encountered on his odyssey. As he forged intimate bonds with some of them, sharing their brutal living conditions and curing their sick, he found himself on a voyage of self-discovery that was to make his reunion with his fellow Spaniards less joyful than expected. Cabeza de Vaca's gripping narrative is a trove of ethnographic information, with descriptions and interpretations of native cultures that make it a powerful precursor to modern anthropology. Frances M. Lopez-Morillas' translation beautifully captures the sixteenth-century original. Based as it is on Enrique Pupo-Walker's definitive critical edition, it promises to become the authoritative English translation.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780520070639
(203mm x 127mm x 12mm)
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 23-Sep-1993
Country of Publication: United States
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This new Norton Critical Edition recounts the 1527-36 expedition of Cabeza de Vaca, the first Spanish explorer to cross North America.
Naufragios, Paperback / softback (February 2000)» View all books by Alvar Nunez Cabeza De Vaca
Esta historia posee la veracidad de alguien que ha vivido personalmente los hechos que narra, pero tambien tiene elementos novelescos. Por eso no se puede decir que sea un relato historico. Fue escrita para convencer a Carlos V de la importancia de la empresa realizada en el continente americano.
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Author Biography - Alvar Nunez Cabeza De Vaca
Enrique Pupo-Walker is Centennial Professor of Spanish and Portuguese at Vanderbilt University. His edition of Naufragios was published in Spain in 1992. Frances M. Lopez-Morillas is an award-winning translator living in Austin, Texas.
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