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The Moor's account: a novel

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A New York Times Notable Book A Wall Street Journal Top 10 Book of the Year An NPR Great Read of 2014 A Kirkus Best Fiction Book of the Year In this stunning work of historical fiction, Laila Lalami brings us the imagined memoirs of the first black explorer of America--a Moroccan slave whose testimony was left out of the official record.   In 1527, the conquistador Pánfilo de Narváez sailed from the port of Sanlúcar de Barrameda with a crew of six hundred men and nearly a hundred horses. His goal was to claim what is now the Gulf Coast of the United States for the Spanish crown and, in the process, become as wealthy and famous as Hernán Cortés.   But from the moment the Narváez expedition landed in Florida, it faced peril--navigational errors, disease, starvation, as well as resistance from indigenous tribes. Within a year there were only four survivors: the expedition's treasurer, Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca; a Spanish nobleman named Alonso del Castillo Maldonado; a young explorer named Andrés Dorantes de Carranza; and Dorantes's Moroccan slave, Mustafa al-Zamori, whom the three Spaniards called Estebanico. These four survivors would go on to make a journey across America that would transform them from proud conquis-tadores to humble servants, from fearful outcasts to faith healers.   The Moor's Account  brilliantly captures Estebanico's voice and vision, giving us an alternate narrative for this famed expedition. As the dramatic chronicle unfolds, we come to understand that, contrary to popular belief, black men played a significant part in New World exploration and Native American men and women were not merely silent witnesses to it. In Laila Lalami's deft hands, Estebanico's memoir illuminates the ways in which stories can transmigrate into history, even as storytelling can offer a chance for redemption and survival.
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subject_facetAmerica -- Discovery and exploration -- Spanish -- Fiction
America -- Early accounts to 1600 -- Fiction
Historical fiction
Morocco -- Fiction
Narv�aez, P�anfilo de, -- -1528 -- Fiction
N�u�nez Cabeza de Vaca, Alvar, -- active 16th century -- Fiction
title_displayThe Moor's account : a novel
title_fullThe Moor's Account A Novel
The Moor's account : a novel / Laila Lalami
title_shortThe Moor's account
title_suba novel
topic_facetDiscovery and exploration
Fiction
Historical Fiction
Literature
Narv�aez, P�anfilo de
N�u�nez Cabeza de Vaca, Alvar
Spanish
Thriller