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The Moor's Account

(2014)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
Pulitzer Prize for Fiction Best Book (nominee)
A New York Times Notable Book.

In this stunning work of historical fiction, Laila Lalami brings us the imagined memoirs of the first black explorer of America--a Moroccan slave whose testimony was left out of the official record. In 1527 the conquistador Pnfilo de Narvez sailed from the port of Sanlcar de Barrameda with a crew of 600 men and nearly a hundred horses. His goal was to claim what is now the Gulf Coast of the United States for the Spanish crown and, in the process, become as wealthy and famous as Hernn Corts. But from the moment the Narvez expedition landed in Florida, it faced peril--navigational errors, disease, starvation, as well as resistance from indigenous tribes. Within a year there were only four survivors: the expedition's treasurer, lvar Nez Cabeza de Vaca; a Spanish nobleman named Alonso del Castillo Maldonado; a young explorer named Andrs Dorantes de Carranza; and Dorantes' Moroccan slave, Mustafa al-Zamori, whom the three Spaniards called Estebanico. These four survivors would go on to make a journey across America that would transform them from proud conquistadores to humble servants, from fearful outcasts to faith healers.

The Moor's Account brilliantly captures Estebanico's voice and vision, giving us an alternate narrative for this famed expedition. As the dramatic chronicle unfolds, we come to understand that, contrary to popular belief, black men played a significant part in New World exploration, and Native American men and women were not merely silent witnesses to it.

In Laila Lalami's deft hands, Estebanico's memoir illuminates the ways in which stories can transmigrate into history, even as storytelling can offer a chance for redemption and survival.

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September 2014 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Moor's Account
Author(s): Laila Lalami
ISBN: 1-4767-9410-3 / 978-1-4767-9410-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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September 2014 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Moor's Account: A Novel
Author(s): Laila Lalami
ISBN: 0-307-91166-7 / 978-0-307-91166-7 (USA edition)
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January 2015 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Moor's Account
Author(s): Laila Lalami
ISBN: 0-8041-7062-2 / 978-0-8041-7062-8 (USA edition)
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September 2015 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Moor's Account
Author(s): Laila Lalami
ISBN: 1-4767-9412-X / 978-1-4767-9412-9 (USA edition)
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August 2015 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Moor's Account
Author(s): Laila Lalami
ISBN: 1-85964-427-9 / 978-1-85964-427-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Periscope
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August 2016 : Audio CD
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Title: The Moor's Account
Author(s): Laila Lalami
ISBN: 1-5113-4197-1 / 978-1-5113-4197-4
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ISBN: 1-5113-1954-2 / 978-1-5113-1954-6
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February 2015 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Moor's Account
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Title: The Moor's Account
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July 2015 : Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Moor's Account
Author(s): Laila Lalami
Publisher: Periscope
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September 2014 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Moor's Account
Author(s): Laila Lalami
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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September 2014 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: The Moor's Account: A Novel
Author(s): Laila Lalami
Publisher: Pantheon
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