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    Castaways (Latin American Literature & Culture S.) (Paperback) By (author) Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca, Edited by Enrique Pupo-Walker, Translated by Frances M. Lopez-Morillas

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    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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    By (author) Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca, Edited by Enrique Pupo-Walker, Translated by Frances M. Lopez-Morillas
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 158
    Width: 127 mm
    Height: 203 mm
    Thickness: 12 mm
    Weight: 36 g
    ISBN 13: 9780520070639
    ISBN 10: 0520070631

    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T3.4
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    BISAC V2.8: HIS037000
    B&T General Subject: 431
    Ingram Subject Code: HS
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    B&T Approval Code: A19200000
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    DC22: 970.01/6/092
    LC classification: E125.N9 A3 1993
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    DC20: 970.16092
    LC classification: E125.N9A3
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    Illustrations note
    11 b&w illustrations
    University of California Press
    Imprint name
    University of California Press
    Publication date
    23 September 1993
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    Author Information
    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.
    Review quote
    "Even if your collection has one of the earlier translations of this basic southwestern document, you'll want to add this one."--"Books of the Southwest