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Martin Prechtel

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A master of eloquence and innovative language, Martín Prechtel is a writer, artist, and teacher who, through his work both written and spoken, hopes to promote the subtlety, irony, and premodern vitality hidden in any living language. A half-blood Native American with a Pueblo Indian upbringing, he left New Mexico to live in the village of Santiago Atitlán, Guatemala, eventually becoming a full member of the Tzutujil Mayan community there. For many years he served as a principal in that body of village leaders responsible for instructing the young people in the meanings of their ancient stories through the rituals of... Read More

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The Disobedience of the Daughter of the Sun
A Mayan Tale of Ecstasy, Time, and Finding One's True Form
Written by Martin Prechtel
Illustrated by Martin Prechtel


Format: eBook, 176 pages
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
On Sale: September 24, 2013
Price: $13.95

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The Disobedience of the Daughter of the Sun
A Mayan Tale of Ecstasy, Time, and Finding One's True Form
Written by Martin Prechtel
Illustrated by Martin Prechtel


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
On Sale: July 22, 2005
Price: $13.95

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Long Life, Honey in the Heart

Written by Martin Prechtel
Illustrated by Martin Prechtel


Format: Trade Paperback, 392 pages
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
On Sale: October 20, 2004
Price: $18.95

Martín Prechtel continues the narrative of his unique life in Santiago Atitlan in Long Life, Honey in the Heart, an eloquent memoir replete with the subtle intelligence and sophistication of Mayan culture. Set against the dramatic backdrop of Guatemala's political upheaval in the 1980s, this heady mix of magic, humor, and... Read more >

The Smell of Rain on Dust
Grief and Praise
Written by Martin Prechtel


Format: eBook, 144 pages
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
On Sale: April 14, 2015
Price: $16.95

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The Smell of Rain on Dust
Grief and Praise
Written by Martin Prechtel


Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
On Sale: April 14, 2015
Price: $16.95

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Stealing Benefacio's Roses

Written by Martin Prechtel
Illustrated by Martin Prechtel


Format: Trade Paperback, 392 pages
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
On Sale: June 7, 2006
Price: $18.95

Following the acclaimed Secrets of the Talking Jaguar and Long Life, Honey in the Heart, this is an expansive, lyrical novel in the tradition of indigenous oral storytelling. Based on the author's many years of living in a Guatemalan village, Stealing Benefacio's Roses interweaves dramatic recountings of village life and the... Read more >
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Stealing Benefacio's Roses

Written by Martin Prechtel
Illustrated by Martin Prechtel


Format: eBook, 392 pages
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
On Sale: September 24, 2013
Price: $18.95

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The Unlikely Peace at Cuchumaquic
The Parallel Lives of People as Plants: Keeping the Seeds Alive
Written by Martin Prechtel


Format: Hardcover, 476 pages
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
On Sale: January 31, 2012
Price: $24.95

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The Unlikely Peace at Cuchumaquic
The Parallel Lives of People as Plants: Keeping the Seeds Alive
Written by Martin Prechtel


Format: eBook, 476 pages
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
On Sale: January 31, 2012
Price: $18.95

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