This story of love and revolution takes place during the
Argentine struggle for independence (18101820) and focuses on the
character of the national hero, Manuel Belgrano. However,
Belgrano's story is told through the voices of the real heroes of
the novel-MarA-a KumbA, a mulatto healer-priestess, fighter, and
nurse to the common soldiers; and Gregorio Rivas, mestizo son of a
well-to-do Spanish businessman.
Sky of Drums is filled with political and personal intrigue. At
the core of the novel is the issue of racial discrimination.
Belgrano is blinded to the love MarA-a has for him and the good
counsel she has to offer because of his contempt for blacks. His
open contempt for Rivas as a mestizo leads to his death. Rivas
becomes MarA-a's lover but is always haunted by MarA-a's evident
adoration of Belgrano. The manner in which the love-hate triangle
plays out is filled with surprises and cuts to the heart of
Argentina's troubled identity.
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||Lannan Translation Selection (Curbstone Press)
Ana Gloria Moya
W. Nick Hill
||219 x 146 x 15mm (L x W x T)
||Paperback - Trade
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