Birds without a Nest

Birds without a Nest


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"I love the native race with a tender love, and so I have observed its customs closely, enchanted by their simplicity, and, as well, the abjection into which this race is plunged by small-town despots, who, while their names may change, never fail to live up to the epithet of tyrants. They are no other than, in general, the priests, governors, caciques, and mayors." So wrote Clorinda Matto de Turner in Aves sin nido, the first major Spanish American novel to protest the plight of native peoples.

First published in 1889, Birds without a Nest drew fiery protests for its unsparing expose of small town officials, judicial authorities, and priests who oppressed the native peoples of Peru. Matto de Turner was excommunicated by the Catholic Church and burned in effigy. Yet her novel was strongly influential; indeed, Peruvian President Andres Avelino Caceres credited it with stimulating him to pursue needed reforms.

In 1904, the novel was published in a bowdlerized English translation with a modified ending. This edition restores the original ending and the translator's omissions. It will be important reading for all students of the indigenous cultures of South America.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780292751958
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Publication date: 11/01/1996
Series: Texas Pan American Series
Pages: 206
Sales rank: 848,418
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.47(d)

About the Author

Clorinda Matto de Turner (1852–1909) was a distinguished Peruvian journalist, editor, and novelist. The first woman in the Americas to head a major newspaper, she was also editor of El Perú Ilustrado, the country’s most influential intellectual journal.

Naomi Lindstrom is Professor of Spanish and Portuguese and of Latin American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin.

Table of Contents

Author's Preface
Part One
1. The Town of Killac
2. The Yupanqui Family
3. Indian Loans, 500 Per Cent
4. White House
5. Priest and Governor
6. Juan's Return Home
7. Fernando's Gift to Lucia
8. Danger Ahead
9. A Stratagem
10. Rosalia Restored
11. Doña Petronila
12. Marcela Pays the Priest
13. Sold to Rochino
14. The Plot
15. The Assault
16. Hope Renewed
17. Evil Deeds
18. The Indian's Gratefulness
19. Melitona Gleaning News
20. The Burial of Juan
21. Manuel and His Mother
22. The Instigators Interviewed
23. A Secret Revealed
24. A Shot That Missed Its Mark
25. Marcela Follows Juan
26. The Priest's Confession
27. Sebastian's Bad Conscience

Part Two
28. Fernando and the judge
29. Manuel, a Good Teacher
30. Colonel Paredes
31. Tired of Killac
32. No Need of a Warrant
33. The Wrong One Imprisoned
34. Going to Lima
35. Father Pascual's Solitude
36. Talking It Over
37. Fleecing the Indian
38. Margarita and Manuel
39. Doubts, Fears, and Hopes
40. Teodora's Escape
41. The Pursuit
42. Manuel's Birth Veiled
43. The Hide, Then the Flesh
44. A Heroine of Love
45. One Against Five Thousand
46. Fernando Enlightens Lucia
47. Martina Visits Isidro
48. Fernando's Proposal
49. The Departure and Arrest
51. To the Station
52. Manuel Follows
53. The Journey by Rail
54. The Prisoners Released
55. A Terrible Shock
56. Grand Imperial Hotel
57. The Agate Cross
58. Birds without a Nest

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