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You dreamed of empires / aAlvaro Enrigue ; translated by Natasha Wimmer.

Enrigue, Alvaro, 1969- (author.). Wimmer, Natasha, (translator.).


"From a visionary Mexican author, a hallucinatory, revelatory, colonial revenge story that reimagines the fall of Tenochtitlan. One morning in 1519, conquistador Hernaan Cortaes entered the city of Tenochtitlan - today's Mexico City. Later that day, he would meet the emperor Moctezuma in a collision of two worlds, two empires, two languages, two possible futures. Cortaes was accompanied by his nine captains, his troops, and his two translators: Friar Aguilar, a taciturn, former slave, and Malinalli, a strategic, former princess. Greeted at a ceremonial welcome meal by the steely princess Atotoxli, sister and wife of Moctezuma, the Spanish nearly bungle their entrance to the city. As they await their meeting with Moctezuma - who is at a political, spiritual, and physical crossroads, and relies on hallucinogens to get himself through the day and in quest for any kind of answer from the gods - the Spanish are ensconced in the labyrinthine palace. Soon, one of Cortaes's captains, Jazmain Caldera, overwhelmedby the grandeur of the city, begins to question the ease with which they were welcomed into the city, and wonders at the risks of getting out alive, much less conquering the empire. You Dreamed of Empires brings to life Tenochtitlan at its height, and reimagines its destiny. The incomparably original Alvaro Enrigue sets afire the moment of conquest and turns it into a moment of revolution, a restitutive, fantastical counter-attack, in a novel so electric and so unique that it feels like a dream"-- Provided by publisher.

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  • ISBN: 9780593544792 (HRD)
  • ISBN: 059354479X (HRD)
  • Physical Description: pages cm
  • Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2024,

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references.
Language Note:
Translated from the Spanish.
Subject: Tenochtitlaan, Battle of, Mexico City, Mexico, 1521 > Fiction.
Mexico > History > Conquest, 1519-1540 > Fiction.
Genre: Alternative histories (Fiction)
Historical fiction.

Available copies

  • 17 of 22 copies available at Westchester Library System.


  • 2 current holds with 22 total copies.
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Ardsley Public Library FICTION ENRIGUE (Text) 31000151333732 New Fiction Available -
Bedford Free Library FIC ENR (Text) 31002150786191 New Book Available -
Chappaqua Library FICTION ENRIGUE (Text) 31005153430550 Fiction Available -
Croton Free Library FICTION/ENRIGUE (Text) 31006151961471 New Fiction Available -
Dobbs Ferry Public Library ENRIQUE (Text) 31007151477609 New Book Available -
Greenburgh Public Library ENRIGUE (Text) 31009155099009 New Fiction Available -
Harrison Public Library ENRIGUE, A. (Text) 31010300338953 New Fiction Available -
Hastings-on-Hudson Public Library FICTION ENRIGUE (Text) 31011151458551 New Book Available -
Katonah Village Library FICTION ENRIGUE (Text) 31013152035370 New Fiction On holds shelf -
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