The Moor's Account : A Novel
From the widely praised author of Secret Son and Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits comes the imagined memoirs of the...
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- Author Laila Lalami
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From the widely praised author of Secret Son and Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits comes the imagined memoirs of the first black explorer of America: an educated slave and Moroccan Muslim known as Estebanico. In 1527, Panfilo de Narvaez sailed from Spain with a crew of five hundred men, intending to claim for the Spanish crown what is now the Gulf Coast of the United States. But from the moment the expedition reached Florida, it met with ceaseless bad luck-storms, disease, starvation, hostile natives. Within a year there were only four survivors, including the young explorer Andres Dorantes and his slave, Estebanico. After six years of enslavement by Native Americans, the four men escaped and wandered through what is now Florida, Texas, New Mexico and Arizona. The Moor's Account brilliantly and deftly captures Estebanico's voice and vision, giving us an alternate narrative for his famed expedition. As this dramatic chronicle unfolds, we come to understand that, contrary to popular belief, black men played a significant part in New World exploration and that 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 at redemption and survival.
About the Author
was born and raised in Morocco. She attended University Mohammed V in
Rabat, University College in London and the University of Southern
California, where she earned a Ph. D. in linguistics. She is the author
of the short story collection Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits, which
was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award and the novel Secret Son, which
was on the Orange Prize longlist. Her essays and opinion pieces have
appeared in Newsweek, Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The
Nation, The Guardian, The New York Times and in numerous anthologies.
Her work has been translated into ten languages. She is the recipient of
a British Council Fellowship, a Fulbright Fellowship and a Lannan.
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