The Travels of Mendes Pinto

Fernão Mendes Pinto

The Travels of Mendes Pinto
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Fernão Mendes Pinto

Edited and translated by Rebecca D. Catz
752 pages | 34 halftones, 2 maps | 7 x 10 | © 1989
E-book $7.00 to $68.00 About E-books ISBN: 9780226923239 Published May 2013
This text, ostensibly the autobiography of Portugese explorer Fernão Mendes Pinto, came second only to Marco Polo's work in exciting Europe's imagination of the Orient. Chronicling adventures from Ethiopia to Japan, Travels covers twenty years of Mendes Pinto's odyssey as a soldier, a merchant, a diplomat, a slave, a pirate, and a missionary, and continues to overwhelm questions about its source with the sheer enjoyment of its narrative.

"[T]here is plenty here for the modern reader. . . . The vivid descriptions of swashbuckling military campaigns and exotic locations make this a great adventure story. . . . Mendes Pinto may have been a sensitive eyewitness, or a great liar, or a brilliant satirist, but he was certainly more than a simple storyteller."—Stuart Schwartz, The New York Times
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