Andrew Rowen discusses his new historical novel, “Encounters Unforeseen: 1492 Retold,” that dramatically recasts Christopher Columbus’ epic voyage that has shaped cultures, religions and ideologies for centuries.
Most literature relating the history of Columbus’ voyage and first encounters with Native Americans focuses principally — whether pro- or anti-Columbus — on Columbus and the European perspective. Rowen’s historical novel now dramatizes these events from a bicultural perspective. It fictionalizes the beliefs, thoughts, and actions of the Native Americans who met Columbus and places their viewpoints alongside those of the explorer himself and other Europeans, all based on a close reading of Columbus’ “Journal,” other primary sources, and modern anthropological studies.
This Big Blend Radio interview originally aired live on BlogTalkRadio.com on Nov. 19, 2017.