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Hi all:

As you know, a few months ago, when I left my day job, I mentioned my intention of offering my services and translating other authors’ work. Jordi Díez, who had already translated one of his books (The Pendulum of God, I included it in one of my posts on new books a while back) to English decided he’d like to have his first book, the wonderful ‘La Virgen del Soltranslated to English too.

As I told Jordi, the experience was always interesting (I got to know much more about the Inca period and civilization than I had ever known), challenging at times, and emotional (it’s not easy to translate when you’re crying with the turmoil and events the characters live through).

I have tried to do the best job I could but all the merit remains with the author. I won’t try and review the finished piece, but as I read and scrutinised in detail the original in Spanish, I thought apart from links and the description, I’d leave you a translation of my thoughts on the Spanish version.

I hope you’ll give it a go.

Virgin of the Sun by Jordi Díez. A great historical novel with a big heart and plenty of spirit.

I must confess I don’t know much (hardly anything) about the historical period shown in the novel Virgin of the Sun. I cannot comment with knowledge how exactly it sticks to the historical facts (that due to the peculiar characteristics of the Inca civilisation are not easy to check as all sources are indirect) although for what I’ve read in the the author’s (that he calls ‘Slight historical licenses’) it seems to provide a fairly close idea to what the era was like. I can say for certain that I am now much better informed that when I began my reading and I’ve been inspired to carry on documenting myself.

Virgin of the Sun is a novel covering a specific period in the history of the Inca Empire, one of its moments of maximum expansion. The author chooses (very successfully) to combine the history of a seemingly nobody (Nuba, a farmer from a tiny village) and his family (especially his daughter, Nemrac) with that of the great of the Empire, Inca Tupanqui Pachacutec and his son Tupac Yupanqui. In fact, the novel takes place in a sort of world of the ‘Upstairs/Downstairs’ where the fates of the most powerful and of those that at first sight have no power at all, intermingle and combine in complex and unexpected ways.

Nuba’s story isn’t simply (even if it is not simple at all) the history of his life and his family, the tragedies that happen to him, his loses, but also of his spiritual awakening. When we reach the end of the book (and I’m not going to tell you about it, don’t worry) and we get to completely understand his experience and the teaching he has assimilated, that we share as we accompany him, we realise that his journey towards a new understanding was matched by the actual journey he undertakes during the novel.

I loved Virgin of the Sun. The author manages to provide the needed information to place his action and the characters, without transforming the book into a tedious historical treatise. Despite the distance, not only historical, but also cultural, that separates us from the action, his writing is such that we get to know and identify with the characters, who are multidimensional, human and interesting. Like in all eras we find envies, characters blinded by desire (be it of power, immortality, love…), victims of situations outside their control, and also enigmatic characters that share their lessons in ways sometimes difficult to understand (wonderful Corioma). I cried with the Nuba’s misfortunes, Nemrac’s vicissitudes, and marched with the troops through the desert. I was horrified by the sacrifices, worried by the future of the ill-fated lovers, I was touched by the vision of Machu Picchu, and fascinated by the project of conquests and the creation of an empire. What else can I tell you? You’ll cry, laugh, learn, and discover new things about the Incas and perhaps about yourselves.

I recommend you this novel for its breath and ambition, for the fascinating plot, the humanity of its characters and because it is a great story. Don’t miss it!

Virgin of the Sun by Jordi Díez

Virgin of the Sun by Jordi Díez

Description

These are turbulent times for the Inca Empire. Emperor Yupanqui Pachacutec has started a territorial expansion to avoid the fulfilment of a prophecy that predicts the future disappearance of his people. This bloody process will result in fights between possible successors, unexpected betrayals and the birth of heroes and martyrs. But above all, it will require the effort of the whole population that will be obliged to work together in the building of the holy city form where the Son of Inti will rule the future of all his territory.

Meanwhile, in a small hamlet of the Empire, a priest has read in the stars that Nemrac, a young girl with eyes like emeralds, is the chosen one to become Daughter of the Sun. Full of emotion for such an honour, the parents of the girl, Nuba and Airún, will set off on a journey of no return towards the Temple of Inticancha, were the girl shall fulfil her destiny. During the hard trip, Nuba will lose his wife and daughter; he’ll discover that reality can be terrible and at the same time he will find the necessary courage to resist fatality and to try to reunite again with Airún and Nemrac. This adventure will require not only all of his effort, rigour and ingenuity, but also enormous spiritual growth that will help him accept and understand the slippery meaning of life.

The Virgin of the Sun is a gripping novel that transports the readers to the Inca lands, and introduces them to the spirituality of this millenarian culture.

Link:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NN1RAL0/

UK:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00NN1RAL0/

And also available in all Amazon stores.

You can check all of his offerings and a bit more about Jordi in his author page, here:

http://www.amazon.com/Jordi-D%C3%ADez/e/B001HPW4A6/

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Hola a todos. Como sabéis aparte de escribir y traducir, también soy una lectora empedernida (aunque por desgracias no tengo tanto tiempo como me gustaría) y de  un tiempo a esta parte  he estado leyendo mayoritariamente la obra de escritores indies (independientes). Aunque es importante para todos los escritores, las reseñas de sus libros son quizás aún más importantes para estos escritores. Así que, aparte de publicarlas en los canales de ventas y en Goodreads, intento hacerles un hueco también en el blog por si así le llegan a alguien más.

Hoy os traigo:

La virgen del Sol de Jordi Díez

La virgen del Sol de Jordi Díez

La virgen del Sol de Jordi Díez. Una fantástica novela histórica con un gran corazón y mucho espíritu.

Debo confesar que no conozco mucho (casi nada) el período histórico que nos muestra la novela La Virgen del Sol. No puedo comentar con conocimiento de causa con qué exactitud se ajusta a los hechos históricos (que por las características peculiares de la civilización Inca no son fáciles de comprobar y todas las fuentes son indirectas) aunque por lo que he leído y por la nota aclaratoria del autor (que él llama ‘Pequeñas licencias históricas’) parece proporcionar una idea bastante aproximada de la época. Yo desde luego sé mucho más sobre el tema que al empezar la novela y me ha inspirado a seguir informándome.

La Virgen del Sol es una novela sobre un período específico de la historia del Imperio Inca, uno de sus momentos de máxima expansión. El autor tiene el acierto de combinar la historia de una persona de a pie (Nuba, un campesino de un pueblecito) y su familia (especialmente su hija, Nemrac) con la de los grandes del Imperio, el Inca Tupanqui Pachacutec y su hijo Tupac Yupanqui. De hecho la novela transcurre en una especie de mundo del ‘Arriba y Abajo’ donde los destinos de los más poderosos y de los que a primera vista no tienen poder alguno, se entremezclan y combinan de forma compleja e inesperada.

La historia de Nuba no es simplemente (aunque no sea nada simple) la historia de su vida, y su familia, las tragedias que le suceden, las pérdidas que experimenta, sino también su despertar espiritual. Cuando llegamos al final del libro (y no os lo voy a contar, no os preocupéis) y llegamos a comprender totalmente la experiencia y las enseñanzas por las que ha pasado Nuba, que compartimos ya que le acompañamos, nos damos cuenta de que su viaje hacia su nuevo entendimiento va en paralelo con el viaje que realiza durante la novela.

La Virgen del Sol me gustó mucho. El autor consigue proporcionar la información necesaria para situar la acción y a los personajes sin transformar el libro en un tratado histórico tedioso. A pesar de la distancia, no solo histórica, sino también cultural, que nos separa de la acción su caracterización es tal que llegamos a conocer a los personajes, que son multidimensionales, humanos e interesantes. Como en toda época nos encontramos envidias, personajes cegados por el deseo (sea de poder, de inmortalidad, de amor…), víctimas de situaciones fuera de su control, y también personajes enigmáticos que imparten sus enseñanzas de forma a veces difícil de entender (maravilloso Corioma). Lloré con las desgracias de Nuba, las vicisitudes de Nemrac, y marché con las tropas a través del desierto. Me horroricé con los sacrificios, me preocupé por el futuro de los amantes imposibles, me emocioné con la visión de Machu Picchu, y me fascinaron los proyectos de conquistas y creación de un imperio. ¿Qué más os puedo decir? Lloraréis, reiréis, aprenderéis, descubriréis cosas nuevas sobre los Incas y puede que sobre vosotros mismos.

Os recomiendo esta novela por su amplitud de miras, por la fascinación del argumento, por la humanidad de los personajes y porque es una gran historia. ¡No os la perdáis!

En papel:

http://www.amazon.com/virgen-del-Volume-Spanish-Edition/dp/1475206712/

http://www.amazon.es/virgen-del-Volume-Spanish-Edition/dp/1475206712/

En e-book:

http://www.amazon.com/virgen-imperio-Inca-depende-Spanish-ebook/dp/B00787HSI0/

http://www.amazon.es/virgen-imperio-Inca-depende-Spanish-ebook/dp/B00787HSI0/

Por cierto, también hace poco me apunté al equipo de BTS-e Magazine haciendo reseñas. Por si os interesa leer en inglés, aquí os dejo el enlace (mis reseñas espero que aparezcan en un número futuro):

Gracias por leer, y si os ha gustado ya sabéis, dadle al me gusta, comentad, compartid, y haced CLICK! Ah, y si os leéis algún libro y os gusta, no os olvidéis de dejar una reseña y recomendarselo a los amigos!

Hi all:

As usual on Fridays I bring you a guest (and recently also new books). A few weeks ago I shared a new book by one of the writers I know from one of the groups of writers in Spanish who had had her book translated (Blanca Miosi). Today I have another guest from the same group, Jordi Díez (this time from Terrassa, Catalonia), who’s had his bestseller  ‘El Péndulo de Dios’ translated to English, ‘The God Code’. If you’ve enjoyed ‘The Da Vinci Code’ I would have a look at this novel.

The God Code by Jordi Díez

The God Code by Jordi Díez

The God Code

Cècil Abidal, an experienced and well-known auditor for a non-profit organization, is asked to organize an auction for an antiquities’ lot of dubious origins found among the ruins of an old chapel. The artifacts’ value is not high but he´s assured the proceeds will fund humanitarian causes. He accepts the job even at the risk of his own reputation. However, what at first appears to be an ordinary sale of illegal antiquities, suddenly turns complicated when, at the last minute, an ancient codex is added to the inventory and a mysterious bidder pays a million euros for it. After the sale, and just as the codex´s falsehood is revealed, one of the auction’s “go-betweens” is murdered in unusual circumstances. In order to remain alive, Cècil needs to find the original codex. His desperate search takes him to Azul Benjelali, an old love and also an expert in ancient languages who disappears just as she is about to discover the location of a more than a thousand-years old relic that has been lost for centuries. Finally, with Mars´s (a mysterious and beautiful woman) help, Cècil races against time and is taken from one clue to the next while tracking the historical events that connect the Romans with the Templars, the Almogavars, Napoleon’s troops and the Nazis. This is a puzzle he desperately needs to solve before the secret falls into the hands of those who have been after it for centuries.

http://viewBook.at/thegodcode

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