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Malinche's conquest
Lanyon, Anna.
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St. Leonards, N.S.W. : Allen & Unwin, 1999.
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xv, 235 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
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Malinche was the Amerindian translator for Hern#65533;n Cort#65533;s--from her lips came the words that triggered the downfall of the great Aztec Emperor Moctezuma in the Spanish Conquest of 1521. In Mexico, Malinche's name is synonymous with "traitor," yet folklore and legend still celebrate her mystique. The author traverses Mexico and delves into the country's extraordinary past to excavate the mythologies of this exceptional woman's life. Malinche--abandoned to strangers as a slave when just a girl--was taken by Cort#65533;s to become interpreter, concubine, witness to his campaigns, mother to his son, yet married to another. She survived unimaginably precarious times relying on her intelligence, courage, and gift for language. Though Malinche's words changed history, her own story remained untold, until now.

Author Notes

Anna Lanyon is a Spanish teacher and translator.

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To the Spanish conquistadores on the Cortes expedition, she was the honored "Dona Marina," who served as both interpreter for and mistress of Cortes. To the Aztecs and other Amerindians who viewed the Spanish as ravenous plunderers, she was "Malinche," a pejorative slur roughly translated as "betrayer." Although it is known that she bore a son by Cortes, little else is known of her life before or after the conquest. Lanyon is an Australian who teaches Spanish. Her interest in Malinche was stoked during her visits to Mexico. The result is a highly speculative but enjoyable "biography" of one of the more intriguing subjects of the Age of Exploration. Of course, Lanyon cannot reveal the "true" Malinche, but her suggestions and ruminations upon the history and culture of Mexico are both provocative and engrossing. For Lanyon, Malinche is a symbol for a somewhat schizophrenic culture that has yet to fully synthesize its dual European and Amerindian heritages. Readers will gain valuable insight into the Mexican national character. --Jay Freeman

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsp. xi
Prefacep. xiii
Mapp. xvi
I Preluse
The Absent Figurep. 3
Mexico Cityp. 14
Isthmusp. 25
Exilep. 45
Gift of Tonguesp. 63
II Conquest
Malinchep. 77
Malinche and Cortesp. 83
We People Herep. 95
When the Shield was Laid Downp. 109
III Aftermath
The Place of The Coyotep. 135
Final Journeyp. 144
Archivesp. 154
IV Mnthologies
Avatarp. 177
Traitorp. 187
V Malinche's children
Look Once More at the Cityp. 205
Timelinep. 220
Glossary of Spelling and Pronunciationp. 222
Select Bibliographyp. 225
Indexp. 229