Birds Without a Nest: A Novel: A Story of Indian Life and Priestly Oppression in Peru (Texas Pan American Series)

Author: Clorinda Matto De Turner,J.G. H.,Naomi Lindstrom
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Category: Contemporary Fiction
Book Format: Paperback

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 , the first major Spanish American novel to protest the plight of native peoples.

First published in 1889, 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.

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. Dona 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
About Clorinda Matto de Turner
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 Peru Ilustrado, the country's most influential intellectual journal. Naomi Lindstrom is Professor of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Texas at Austin.


SKU BK-9780292751958
Barcode # 9780292751958
Brand University of Texas Press
Artist / Author Clorinda Matto De Turner, J.G. H., Naomi Lindstrom
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