New PDF release: Chronicle of the Narvaez Expedition (Penguin Classics)

By Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca

ISBN-10: 0142437077

ISBN-13: 9780142437070

The New international tale of the Spanish explorer Cabeza de Vaca in his personal words

This riveting actual tale is the 1st significant narrative detailing the exploration of North the United States by way of Spanish conquistadors (1528-1536). the writer, Alvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca, used to be a fortune-seeking Spanish nobleman and the treasurer of an excursion despatched to say for Spain an unlimited zone of today's southern usa. In uncomplicated, undemanding prose, Cabeza de Vaca chronicles the nine-year odyssey continued through the lads after a shipwreck compelled them to make a westward trip walking from present-day Florida via Louisiana and Texas into California. In thirty-eight short chapters, Cabeza de Vaca describes the rankings of ordinary and human stumbling blocks they encountered as they made their manner throughout an unknown land. Cabeza de Vaca's gripping account bargains a trove of ethnographic details, together with descriptions and interpretations of local cultures, making it a robust precursor to trendy anthropology.

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I urge you [to sing] of Gongyla, [Abanthis], and play the lyre, while desire for her once again flutters about you, who are beautiful.  .  .  .  .  .  .  . for mortal women.  .  .  . to celebrate all night long.  .  . because we, too, did these in our youth.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . pretty.  .  .  . [26] Kypris Song How can someone not be hurt and hurt again, Queen Aphrodite, by the person one loves – and wishes above all to ask back?

Too ignorant to cover her ankles with her rags?  .  .  .  .  . place success in my mouth.  .  .  . [may] there now be festivity.  .  . rightly holding the prize of worth.  .  . beautiful things, O Muse, I sing.

I urge you [to sing] of Gongyla, [Abanthis], and play the lyre, while desire for her once again flutters about you, who are beautiful.  .  .  .  .  .  .  . for mortal women.  .  .  . to celebrate all night long.  .  . because we, too, did these in our youth.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . pretty.  .  .  . [26] Kypris Song How can someone not be hurt and hurt again, Queen Aphrodite, by the person one loves – and wishes above all to ask back?

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