De eerste keer dat Tenamaxtli, een jonge Azteek, zijn vader ziet, is dat ook de laatste keer, want die wordt net op de brandstapel verbrand. En zo treedt hij op jeugdige leeftijd een zware erfenis aan. Deze roman vertelt veel over de geschiedenis van dit boeroemde Aztekenvolk en de poging tot opstand tegen de spaanse veroveraars in Mexico, en is gespikt met diverse erotische ervaringen, bloeddorstige strijdtonelen en bloedstollende details. Een beetje moeizaam in het begin, en de gebruikte namen van personen en plaatsen zijn echte tongbrekers, maar ik heb toch dit boek met plezier de afgelopen dagen gelezen.
Der Sohn des Azteken, door Gary Jennings, Uitgeverij Fischer Taschenbuchverlag. 620 pagina’s
Gary Jennings (September 20, 1928 – February 13, 1999) was a U.S. author who wrote children and adult novels. In 1980, after the successful novel Aztec, he specialized in writing adult historical fiction novels.
Born September 20, 1928 in Buena Vista, Virginia, to Glen Edward and Vaughnye May Jennings, Gary Jennings attended little formal school after graduating from Eastside High School (of Lean on Me fame) in Paterson, New Jersey, and was mostly self-educated thereafter.
His novels were known for their historical detail and occasionally graphic content. Jennings’ novels are well-researched: he lived for 12 years in Mexico to research the Aztec novels, traveled the Balkans while researching Raptor, and joined nine circus troupes during the writing of Spangle. He also produced a number of novels for younger readers, such as A Rope in the Jungle and Black Magic, White Magic.
Gary Jennings died on Friday the 13th of February 1999 in Pompton Lakes, New Jersey, aged 70, from undisclosed causes.
I’m a writer. I write not only for a living, I write because I’m a writer.
Gary Jennings – 1993
* Aztec (1980) : A story of the Aztec empire just before and during the arrival of the Spanish.
* The Journeyer (1984) : An account of the travels of Marco Polo to the Far East.
* Spangle (1987) : A chronicle of the lives of carnival entertainers.
* Raptor (1992) : Thorn, a hermaphrodite, and his/her adventures in a post-Roman world.
* Aztec Autumn (1998), a story of the Aztecs following the Spanish conquest.
Note : The following 2 novels were NOT written by Jennings. They were written by Robert Gleason, Gary’s former editor, and Junius Podrug, working from notes that Gary left:
* Aztec Blood (2002) : Cristo, a half-caste, sets out to discover the secret of his birth in the new Mexico.
* Aztec Rage (2006) : Set in the early 19th century, it deals with the Mexican war of independance with Spain.
* Official website: http://www.garyjennings.com/