You Dreamed of Empires-9781787303805

You Dreamed of Empires by Enrigue, Alvaro

Regular price
Sale price
Regular price
Sold out
Unit price
Tax included.

Author: Enrigue, Alvaro

Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

Published on 11 January 2024 by Vintage Publishing (Harvill Secker) in the United Kingdom.

Hardback | 224 pages
223 x 143 x 26 | 336g

'An Aztec West Wing' GUARDIAN'A triumph' FINANCIAL TIMES'A mischievous fantasy' TLS'Glorious' i-DIn 1519, Conquistador Hernán Cortés and his troops ride into the floating city of Tenoxtitlan – today’s Mexico City – in this hallucinatory, revelatory, colonial revenge story.

Invited to a ceremonial meal with the steely princess Atotoxtli, sister and wife of the emperor Moctezuma, the Spanish nearly bungle their entrance into the city and its labyrinthine palace. Soon, one of Cortés’s captains, Jazmín Caldera, begins to question the ease with which they were welcomed, and wonders at the risks of getting out alive, much less conquering the empire.

Moctezuma himself is at a political, spiritual and physical crossroads, relying on hallucinogens in a quest for any kind of answer from the gods. When Cortés and Moctezuma meet, two worlds, empires, languages, and possible futures collide.

You Dreamed of Empires brings to life Tenoxtitlan at its height – and reimagines its destiny.

It sets afire the moment of conquest and turns it into a moment of revolution, in a novel so electric and so unique that it feels like a dream.

Translated by Natasha Wimmer