Álvaro Enrigue with Avram Kosasky - You Dreamed of Empires (Online Event)

Álvaro Enrigue
In conversation with Avram Kosasky

You Dreamed of Empires
A Novel

Free Online Event

Wed., April 10th, 2024 • 1:00pm PT

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This is the kind of novel so transcendentally transporting that it magnificently confirms your faith in the power of fiction. We are thrilled to welcome writer Álvaro Enrigue for this free virtual event in celebration of his spectacular recently released novel, You Dreamed of Empires.

"Enrigue’s genius lies in his ability to bring readers close to its tangled knot of priests, mercenaries, warriors and princesses while adding a pinch of biting humor." --Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Los Angeles Times

“Riotously entertaining... A triumph of solemnity-busting erudition and mischievous invention that will delight and titillate.” --Financial Times

From the visionary author of Sudden Death, a hallucinatory, revelatory colonial revenge story.

One morning in 1519, conquistador Hernán Cortés enters the city of Tenochtitlan – today's Mexico City. Later that day, he will meet the emperor Moctezuma in a collision of two worlds, two empires, two languages, two possible futures.

Cortés is accompanied by his captains, his troops, his prized horses, and his two translators: Friar Aguilar, a taciturn friar, and Malinalli, an enslaved, strategic Nahua princess. After nearly bungling their entrance fo the city, the Spaniards are greeted at a ceremonial welcome meal by the steely Aztec princess Atotoxtli, sister and wife of Moctezuma. As they await their meeting with the emperor – who is at a political and spiritual crossroads, and relies on hallucinogens to get by – Cortés and his entourage are ensconced in the labyrinthine palace. Soon, one of Cortés’s captains, Jazmín Caldera, overwhelmed by the grandeur of the place, begins to question the ease with which they were welcomed into the city, and wonders at the chances of getting out alive, much less conquering the empire. And what if... they don't?

You Dreamed of Empires brings Tenochtitlan to life at its height, and reimagines its destiny. The incomparably original Álvaro Enrigue sets afire the moment of conquest and turns it into a moment of revolution, a restitutive, fantastical counterattack, in a novel so electric and so unique that it feels like a dream.

Álvaro Enrigue is a Mexican writer who was a Cullman Center Fellow and a Fellow at the Princeton University Program in Latin American Studies. He has taught at New York University, Princeton University, the University of Maryland, and Columbia University. His work has appeared in The New York Timesn+1London Review of Books, and El País, among others. His books include Sudden Death, and have been awarded the Herralde Prize, the Barcelona Prize, and the Poniatowska Prize. He lives in New York with his family and teaches Latin American Literature at Hofstra University.

Avram Kosasky is a writer, artist, and sometime chef living in Brooklyn, NY. A regularly contributor to Book Passage's online content, you can watch his interview with George Saunders here. When he isn't devouring fiction new and old, you'll probably find him in the kitchen.








Álvaro Enrigue photo courtesy of Javier Narvaez. Avram Kosasky photo courtesy of the author.


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You Dreamed of Empires: A Novel By Álvaro Enrigue, Natasha Wimmer (Translated by) Cover Image
By Álvaro Enrigue, Natasha Wimmer (Translated by)
ISBN: 9780593544792
Availability: On Our Shelves Now - Click Title for More Details
Published: Riverhead Books - January 9th, 2024