Thomas More's Magician

Thomas More's Magician : A Novel Account of Utopia in Mexico

3 (9 ratings by Goodreads)
By (author) 

List price: US$14.95

Currently unavailable

We can notify you when this item is back in stock

Add to wishlist

AbeBooks may have this title (opens in new window).

Try AbeBooks


In September 1532, eleven years after the Spanish conquest, Mexico is in meltdown. As the conquistadors discover an earthly paradise, its peoples and their Gods are destroyed. This is a time of greed, uncertainty - and idealism. Despairing at his surroundings, Vasco de Quiroga - a new member of the Spanish ruling council - forges a commune on Mexico City's outskirts. Indigenous peoples flock there, and soon a new society exists, complete with a welfare system and a hospital. What distinguishes Quiroga's project is that he uses Thomas More's recently published book, Utopia, as his blueprint. As Toby Green researches Quiroga's biography in Spain and Mexico, he begins to sense an eerie resonance between Quiroga's age and our own. Based on archival research, and rich with vivid reconstructions of 16th-century Spain and Mexico, the narrative becomes a biography not only of Quiroga, but also of utopia as both an idea and a literary more

Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 128 x 192 x 30mm | 358.34g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 8 Colour Photo\Illu(s),1 Map(s)
  • 0753819783
  • 9780753819784

Review quote

A fascinating account of one man s attempt to create a real-life Utopia."show more

About Toby Green

Toby Green, 30, graduated from Cambridge University in 1996, having obtained a First in Philosophy. He is a Green Party councillor for Stroud District Council. This is his third more

Rating details

9 ratings
3 out of 5 stars
5 0% (0)
4 33% (3)
3 44% (4)
2 11% (1)
1 11% (1)
Book ratings by Goodreads
Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. We're featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Close X