CHRONICLE OF AIR AND DREAMS is at once a ghost story and a tale of vengeance. It weaves past and present in the story of Maria Elena, an archeologist, and her lover, Sebastian. They can be viewed both as reincarnate spirits of the legendary 16th century Malintzin and her lover, Armando, and as possessed by these same spirits.
Martin, the tortured son of Malintzin and Cortes, the Conquistador, has vowed to seek vengeance through the descendants who caused his suffering, not only for himself but on behalf of the conquered Indians. His fury manifests as insanity in Sebastian, who can also be viewed as sacrificial in the ancient Aztec sense, and in the miscarriage of Maria Elena's a baby, also a sacrificial event.
Dreams and reality mingle. Dreams are picked up as voices in the wind and as visions by sensitive beings such as Fernando, an elderly priest and La Nahua, an Indian peasant woman who is also a healer.
Time as a concept is deconstructed and treated as fluid. Forces of the past invade the psyches and dreams of those in the present. Inversely, Maria Elena and Sebastian as well as letters that they write can travel into the past.
The story is complex in its dealings with concepts of identity and with the interconnectedness of individuals. It evolves to a mysterious and ambiguous climax.
Causes Rosa Villarreal Supports
Non-ideological, critical, free-thinking.
Equal Rights for Women.