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The Inhabited Woman (1989)

by Gioconda Belli

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This magical-realist novel, said to be based upon Belli's own experiences as a Sandanista, follows the parallel narratives of Lavinia, a modern-day Nicaraguan architect who becomes involved in the struggle to overthrow her country's dictator; and Itza, a 16th-century Nahuatl warrior-woman fighting the Spanish conquistadors. History is alive in more than a metaphorical sense in The Inhabited Woman, as the spirit of Itza, trapped in an orange tree, is literally consumed by Lavinia. When the time comes, Itza knows what to do...

The Inhabited Woman was my first exposure to the magical-realism of Latin American fiction, and I was enchanted. This tale of love and conflict was a moving reflection on the interconnectedness of all struggles for justice, highlighting the many ways in which current events are a continuation of historic patterns. ( )
  AbigailAdams26 | Jun 20, 2013 |
This is good and definitely worth a read, but Belli's memoir is a lot better. The main character here is loosely based on Belli's own life when she became committed to the Sandinista cause in Nicaragua. ( )
  purplehena | Mar 31, 2013 |
Trascendencia revolucionaria, ideologías políticas...clandestinaje...todo por una América en las que todos puedan tener, al menos las mínimas condiciones de vida. ( )
  CuriosoNomas | Oct 30, 2008 |
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die immer wieder geboren wird
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In this love story set against the backdrop of revolution, Lavinia, a beautiful young woman from the upper class, becomes infused with the spirit of an ancient woman warrior and breaks free from her sheltered world, joining with rebels involved in a tragic, bloody struggle to free their country from an oppressive military dictatorship.

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A revolutionary romance by a Nicaraguan poet. The protagonists are two architects: Lavina, a woman from the privileged classes, and Felipe, a member of the national liberation movement. When Felipe is killed, Lavina takes over command of his unit.

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