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The Lord of the Last Days: Visions of the Year 1000

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As the world hovers perilously on the brink of a new millennium, Spanish monk Alfonso de Leon takes a bloody comet as a sign of the coming of the Antichrist and a portent of the end of time. Miracles and monstrous infants abound. Soon Moorish and Christian armies will clash in an apocalyptic battle for control of Spain. The war of two civilizations is embodied in a ...more
Hardcover, 259 pages
Published September 1st 1995 by William Morrow & Company
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Carlos Cumpian
Jan 18, 2009 Carlos Cumpian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read it under the talented pen of translator Betty Ferber, in English back in 1999. This author is one of Mexico's most respected poets and environmental activists. The NYT Book Review dares to compare to Cervantes's Don Quixote...I read it before 9/11, as the Muslims and Christians once again began to look at each other with menace. I went back to medieval Spain in this novel.
This brief historical novel is narrated by Alfonso of Leon, a fictional(?) monk living in the northwestern Spanish city of Leon during the turn of the 11th century. Alfonso is a mystic who believes himself to be a messianic figure. He is also the twin brother of Abd Allah, the vicious lieutenant of al-Mansur, the Moorish ruler of southern Spain who is heading towards Leon with his army.
As a historical novel The Lord of the Last Days is not very impressive - it doesn't do much to convey a strong
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