Imagine a historical novel about an indigenous confederation of nations faced with the loss of its lands to European colonists. Now imagine those colonists in rebellion against their government overseas because of its demands to curtail and tax the colonists’ trade. Where does that leave the indigenous peoples? Should they side with the overseas government that has treated them with a certain respect expected of honorable men or should they side with those colonists who they know are stealing their lands? After all, both the overseas government and the colonists are part of the original project to establish their presence on land that is not their own.
Now imagine this novel being written by a collective of Italian fiction writers. Sound far-fetched? Impossible to pull off? Just plain impossible?
Let me introduce Manituana. It is a story set in the Mohawk nation in the 1770s. Joseph Brant, Mohawk war chief and his family, friends and enemies are the primary characters.