By Gary Jennings
Azteca raconte l. a. légende colorée et puissante d'une civilisation qui s'épanouit pendant de longs siècles dans un isolement splendide. Ce monde éclatant, et pourtant condamné, c'est un homme, Mixtli, dit Nuage Sombre, qui le décrit, dans un récit bouleversant, mouvementé, riche de los angeles beauté et de l. a. violence qui caractérisaient le Mexique ancien.
Ce grand roman historique plein de sang, d'amour et de sexe est aussi l'aventure et le destin exceptionnel d'un homme qui assiste à los angeles disparition d'un monde fabuleux, traversé de secrets and techniques et de terreurs, et que parcourent des personnages inoubliables.
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It’s been known to happen that, in a railroad car packed with Jews all yawning at a frosty morning, someone opens his eyes and asks a passenger: , would ‘‘Excuse me. ’’ The Jew tucks his arms into his sleeves, and the train rattles on. He has smelled Reb Zelmele’s odor in his sleep without realizing it. No one is consciously aware that the Zelmenyaners have their own smell. Something else is special about them too, especially the menfolk. A Zelmenyaner likes to sigh by holding his breath and letting it out through his mouth in a soft snuΔe of content such as is heard only among horses munching oats in a stable.
One, Folye, was placed with a tanner at the age of ten because of some business with a horse. No one paid much attention when Reb Zelmele’s children began having children of their own. Reinforcements arrived, sons- and daughters-in-law of varying degrees of fertility who soon crowded out the neighbors. The rooms bulged with black and rust-colored little 3 Zelmeles. Blonds, mostly girls, were infrequent, a thin, pale, barely noticeable veneer. In recent years, however, a growing number of them have turned up.
Katerina Clark, The Soviet Novel: History as Ritual (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1981), 15. For a reading of the consciousness/spontaneity paradigm in Soviet Yiddish criticism in the early 1930s, see Mikhail Krutikov, From Kabbalah to Class Struggle: Expressionism, Marxism, and Yiddish Literature in the Life and Work of Meir Wiener (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2011), 253–56. Bronshteyn, ‘‘Kegn biologizm un folkizm,’’ 174. A. Damesek, ‘‘Der realizm fun kulbaks ‘zelmenyaner,’ ’’ Shtern, no.