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West of Babylon Eduardo Garrigues

West of Babylon

Eduardo Garrigues

Published August 20th 2002
ISBN : 9780826323408
Hardcover
320 pages
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First published in Spain in 1999, this adventure set in nineteenth-century New Mexico uses elements of the ancient Near Eastern myth of Gilgamesh to tell a violent tale of war and revenge, treasure hunting and witchcraft. Gil G???mez, the cacique ofMoreFirst published in Spain in 1999, this adventure set in nineteenth-century New Mexico uses elements of the ancient Near Eastern myth of Gilgamesh to tell a violent tale of war and revenge, treasure hunting and witchcraft. Gil G???mez, the cacique of the Spanish village of Cabez???n, is a gen???zaro, a Navajo raised by Spanish people. Narrated by an American soldier with a taste for adventure, the story of Gil G???mez takes us to forts and villages, to Santa Fe, Bernalillo, and Albuquerque, to Inscription Rock and the Navajo lands in the west, and down the Jornada del Muerto to the Sierra Blanca in the South, where Apache magic defends a sacred forest against the greed of generations of treasure hunters. As in Gilgamesh, the hero joins forces with a supernatural companion, Decoy, or Cimarr???n, as the Spanish villagers call him. Garrigues, well known in Spain for earlier novels that blend exotic settings with ancient mythology, has given us a world in which the twin warriors of the ancient epic combine southwestern and supernatural elements, while they also embody the twin warriors of Navajo legend. Readers familiar with New Mexico??s varied cultures and those versed in the story of Gilgamesh will recognize ghosts and echoes from sources in myth and history. Everyone is sure to enjoy this exciting journey across the dramatic landscape of New Mexico.