By Antonio Benitez-Rojo, James Maraniss
During this masterful number of brief tales, a celebrated Cuban author maintains his ingenious exploration of the genesis of the trendy Caribbean global.
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Of course, he will have to sail earlier, risking the dog days, with their fevers and calms, to get a jump on the Portuguese. With enough time he will be able, for one thing, to try his luck with the Wolofs. He had been assured that they were very tall and hardy Negroes, used to the rigors of Senegal's desert backlands, although he had also heard that they were exceedingly vigilant, light footed and long winded, as difficult to bag as deer. Moving to the table to pick up a piece of fruit, Fitzwilliam suggests that they take on horses at the Canary Islands after enlisting good horsemen from among London's idle gentlemen.
He certainly couldn't take him along to Plymouth, keep him Page 21 in his own house and then let him off at Sierra Leone in the coming year. The best idea would be to sell him in Cartagena. '' And crossing his arms on the table, he lays down his head. The drumroll, a bit disheveled by the morning breeze, enters the house like a whirl of cranes. Hawkins blinks, clears his throat, and putting his hands behind his neck, straightens his spine. Then he passes a benevolent look over his pages' bodies, bound together in sleep over one of Don Miguel's capes, and he pours himself a glass of wine.
Now the very air itself has become dazzling whiteness, silence, endless time. The tamemes stop their talking; the slaves drop their staffs, shield their eyes with their hands, and look up at the blazing sky. A thick sulphurous steam, escaped from God knows where, settles in the pass. The air becomes dim and green, like a flood of putrid water. The faces of the Spaniards seem to crumple and hang limply from their helmets; the skin of the slaves softens and oozes a rank sweat, while the tamemes pant in the calm, bent over their arched, buttery legs, swollen ankles, miserable and split toenails.
A View from the Mangrove by Antonio Benitez-Rojo, James Maraniss