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Dawn at Tepeyac

In “Dawn at Tepeyac, Dexter Allen retells the crucial moments of stagnation and despair immediately following the Spanish conquest of Mexico, a catastrophe barely averted by the apparitions of the Virgin of Guadalupe on a mountain above the lake cities in December of 1531.

Dawn at Tepeyac

Dawn at Tepeyac

Author: Dexter Allen

152 pp. CreateSpace

Through the eyes and minds of the Chichimec St. Juan Diego and the first bishop of Mexico, Fray Juan de Zumárraga, the reader enters into the tumultuous and almost hopeless situation of the conquered and the conquerors alike, and comes away with an understanding and love of the indigenous cultures as well as sympathy for the Spanish conqueror.

Allen’s carefully crafted book is a recounting of how a continuum was re-established to allow the indigenous people to survive, giving the reader a personal glimpse into the goodwill and humanity within the brutal and violent confrontations of radically opposed cultures.

Allen asserts that this cross-genre novel is one of the only works on the subject of post-conquest Mexico that combines literary concerns, historical facts and an intellectually acceptable understanding of the apparitions, correlating the seemingly antagonistic critiques.

A mix of historical fact, creative interpretation and imaginative description and dialogue, “Dawn at Tepeyac” recreates the feelings and thoughts of the inhabitants of Mexico, as well as considerations of philosophical and theological concepts in context.