EL HIERRO Y LA POLVORA
Place Published: México
Publisher: Alfaguara, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico
Date Published: 2006
Book Id: 81122
b/w plate, bio/chron., color pict. fldg. wrps
A novel on the historic figure Bernal Díaz del Castillo (soldier of Hernan Cortés army and author of the conquest chronicles) critically narrates the savage 16th century conquest of the Spanish on the Aztec people, the later a civilization that regardless historical portrayal were more civilized that their bloody and ambitious European invaders. The novel (originally signed under the pseudonymous "John Young"), received the 2005 first prize for a novel from UNAM-Alfaguara.