Birds without a Nest: A Novel: A Story of Indian Life and Priestly Oppression in Peru

Birds without a Nest: A Novel: A Story of Indian Life and Priestly Oppression in Peru

by Clorinda Matto de Turner, J. G. H.

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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 exposé 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 Andrés Avelino Cáceres 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: 9780292788237
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Publication date: 07/05/2010
Series: Texas Pan American Series
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 326 KB

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.

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