The Book of Lamentations
The Book of Lamentations
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Annotation: Features a gallery of protagonists, including the Indian woman who leads the rebellion and a white landowner who raped an Indian woman, for which the boy that was born is crucified.
Catalog Number: #5137531
Format: Paperback
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Common Core/STEAM: Common Core Common Core
Publisher: Penguin
Copyright Date: 1998
Edition Date: 1998
Pages: xiii, 381 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-14-118003-X
ISBN 13: 978-0-14-118003-8
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 98011868
Dimensions: 20 cm.
Language: English
Reading Level: 9.0
Interest Level: 9+

Set in the highlands of the Mexican state of Chiapas, The Book of Lamentations tells of a fictionalized Mayan uprising that resembles many of the rebellions that have taken place since the indigenous people of the area were first conquered by European invaders five hundred years ago. With the panoramic sweep of a Diego Rivera mural, the novel weaves together dozens of plot lines, perspectives, and characters. Blending a wealth of historical information and local detail with a profound understanding of the complex relationship between victim and tormentor, Castellanos captures the ambiguities that underlie all struggles for power.

A masterpiece of contemporary Latin American fiction from Mexico’s greatest twentieth-century woman writer, The Book of Lamentations was translated with an afterword by Ester Allen and introduction by Alma Guillermoprieto.


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