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Book: Be Like Adam's Son

Chapter: 10. Twofold Slavery: Slave in Malta, Slave to Love of his Beloved Master: The Peaceful Letter a Muslim Sent to Baldassarre Loyola Mandes S.J. (1631-1667)

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.44458


This chapter carries out a historical-textual analysis of a passionate letter a Muslim slave in Malta sent to Baldassarre Loyola Mandes, a Moroccan ruler who converted to Christianity. It traces not only the traditional homo-erotic poetics of missed love and nostalgia for the beloved in the letter, but also Baldassarre’s translation strategies in his own translation of the same letter into Italian.

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