Author Gian Franco Ricci Albergotti Releases ‘Quetzal’

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New book imparts message of equality between nations, peoples, cultures

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Drawing inspiration from the story of Mayans in Mexico, author Gian Franco Ricci Albergotti depicts the state of slavery imposed by the Spanish when they colonized Mexico. “Quetzal” (published by Xlibris) follows the Mayans in their struggle for freedom.

Mostly found in Guatemalan forests, quetzals are known for their colorful plumage. Legend has it that upon captivity, quetzals suddenly die. For this reason, they are considered as the symbol of liberty and dignity. In the 18th century Yucatan and Mexico, Mayans live in poverty. Oppressed by landowners, they rebel to gain freedom and social justice. Their battle cry is “quetzal.” When war breaks off between Mexico and the United States, the white landowners organize and support the Mayan army against the American people. It is the start of the tragedy.

Set in a hacienda in Merida, the story revolves around the Gutierrez family, a clan of white landowners who live in Yucatan. The family is interlinked with the sad plight of the native people. Amidst hatred and understanding, a love story blossoms between Roman Gutierrez and Joanna, a young American assigned to buy California, Arizona and New Mexico. Can she redeem Ramon and make him a man with a sense of freedom and democracy?

A compelling read, “Quetzal” explores the ups and downs of the Mexican War of Independence, where armed conflicts, ethnic tensions and human rights violations impede the progress to liberty. With its riveting twists and turns and well-drawn, unforgettable characters, this novel promotes the message of equality between nations, peoples and cultures.

By Gian Franco Ricci Albergotti
Hardcover | 6x9in | 314 pages | ISBN 9781514459836
Softcover | 6x9in | 314 pages | ISBN 9781514459843
E-Book | 314 pages | ISBN 9781514459850
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Gian Franco Ricci Albergotti was born on July 15, 1944. Belonging to one of Europe's ancient families, Albergotti’s lineages can be traced back to the 10th century. He graduated from the University of Bologna, the oldest university in the world, where he also taught for several years. As a lawyer, his career led him to many important processes. He wrote many legal works, such as essays and articles. He has written about 12 books on legal matters. “Quetzal” is his first published novel. Albergotti lives in Tuscany.

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