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Serafina's Stories

(2004)
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This innovative novel combines Spanish folktales with Native American legends to create a captivating Southwestern version of The Arabian Nights

Like Scheherezade, who ensured her survival by telling her royal husband stories, the title character in Rudolfo Anaya's creative retelling of The Arabian Nights must entertain the recently widowed governor with legends of Nueva Mexicana, or she and her fellow captives will die.

With fresh snow covering the high peaks of Sangre de Cristo, a group of native dissidents prepare for revolt. In seventeenth-century Santa Fe, insurrection against a colony of the king of Spain is punishable by death. A Spaniard loyal to the governor names twelve conspirators. One of them is a young woman. Raised in a mission church, fifteen-year-old Serafina speaks excellent Spanish and knows many of her country's traditional folktales. She and the governor strike a bargain: Each evening, she will tell him a cuento. If he likes it, he will release one prisoner the following day.

The twelve tales recounted here mirror the struggle of a divided country. They include the social and political symbolism behind "Beauty and the Beast" and retell "Cinderella" as "Miranda's Gift." Interspersed with these timeless cuentos is the story of Serafina herself, and that of a people battling to preserve a vanishing way of life under the long shadow of the Inquisition.

    

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Hardback Editions

November 2004 : USA Hardback
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Title: Serafina's Stories
Author(s): Rudolfo Anaya
ISBN: 0-8263-3569-1 / 978-0-8263-3569-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
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Paperback Editions

July 2013 : USA Paperback
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Title: Serafina's Stories
Author(s): Rudolfo Anaya
ISBN: 0-8263-3570-5 / 978-0-8263-3570-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
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Kindle Editions

June 2015 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Serafina's Stories
Author(s): Rudolfo Anaya
Publisher: Open Road Media
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