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Lavinia, eine junge, aus wohlhabender Familie stammende Architektin, führt in ihrer lateinamerikanischen Heimat ein unbeschwertes und sorgenfreies Leben - bis sie sich in Felipe verliebt, der in der Untergrundbewegung des Landes gegen Terror und Unterdrückung kämpft ...
Paperback, 374 pages
Published 1991 by Deutscher Taschenbuch-Verlag (first published 1988)
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Anastasia
Trovo veramente poco da ridire in questo caso: e le poche lamentele che potrebbero venirmi in mente sono anche abbastanza insicure, perché temo che si possano riferire solo a impressioni e gusto personali che non intaccano granché l'affidabilità di questa lettura (e meno male).
Avete presente quel momento in cui vi sentite quasi stretti ad un vincolo che vi fa per un attimo stringere i denti per l'impotenza? Il vincolo del "io sono sensibile, io sento e questa è anche la mia condanna". A leggere...more
Simona
"All'albeggiare emersi"...

Con queste parole inizia il romanzo di Gioconda Belli. E sono sufficienti queste semplici parole per capire quanta poesia, quanta bellezza circondi questa storia.
Una storia di verità, una storia intrisa di leggenda, una storia al femminile.
Ho assaporato i profumi, gli odori e gli aromi che solo l'America Latina sa regalare...
Le donne descritte dalla Belli sono donne determinate, passionali, donne che lottano in nome della libertà e della vita, di una vita in cui la na...more
Tancredi
"Alle donne si assegna la quotidianità, mentre gli uomini si riservano lo scenario dei grandi avvenimenti..."

La donna abitata è la storia di una donna e di un paese; la storia di tante donne, la storia di tante storie, sovrapposte fino ad assomigliarsi. Una storia a matrioska, che osa unire finzione, autobiografia ed elementi fantastici.
Nella protagonista, Lavinia, che si ritroverà a combattere contro la dittatura di Somoza, vive lo spirito di una guerriera del passato, una delle ultime esponent...more
Bilingual Librarian
I read this book a few years ago, shortly after reading Belli's memoir, and found this to be very close to her own story. I liked the book's description of a young woman's struggle to balance the privilege she had been raised in and her new affiliation with a budding revolution.

If you liked this book, read her memoir as well, The Country Under my Skin, which is even better. This really shows the depth is her own struggle and the courage it took to walk the balance between both worlds.
بثينة العيسى
الرواية التي تقول كل شيء ليست رواية ذكية.
Marce
A great book about women, from one of the best contemporary writers in spanish language
Ileen
Davvero molto bello. Non conoscevo Gioconda Belli e nemmeno la storia del Nicaragua. La mia conoscenza si limitava all’America del Sud. Purtroppo non v’è molta differenza nella storia politica del Centro America, che ha sofferto e soffre ancora delle stesse ingiustizie rese tristemente note dai cugini Cileni, Argentini e Peruviani. Avevo già avuto un assaggio di quel mondo con Junot Diaz, uno scrittore dominicano; la storia si ripete uguale anche a Faguas (città inventata dalla Belli unendo le d...more
Rosalba
"Silenziosa, la vita tesse le sue trame . Sento il suono dei fili che creano tele di strani colori; si avvicinano eventi che non posso che intuire."

La dittatura militare di Somoza , con le sue diseguaglianze, le sue ingiustizie, la sua violenza, fa da sfondo a questo romanzo della Belli. Ma non c’è la realtà cruda delle torture, delle sparizioni, il lettore le rivive e le ricorda per aver letto o ascoltato le cronache nei telegiornali. In realtà questo è un romanzo d’amore e di lotta, di presa d...more
Laura Xochil
Mi chiedo cosa intendesse Gioconda Belli nel dare questo titolo al romanzo. Il consueto problema delle traduzioni letterali. Risulta evidente che l'aggettivo "abitato" risulti carente in italiano, perché non usato correntemente. Ma è effettivamente quello che è la protagonista Lavinia abitata da figure femminili a lei parallele, come la zia Inés, alla quale prende in prestito il nome nel crearsi un alter-ego combattente. O Itzé indigena, il cui spirito a sua volta abita un albero, come succede s...more
Erin
May 04, 2010 Erin rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Erin by: Emily Lemon
The best book I have read this year (so far). This book was perfect. Gioconda Belli wove together so many themes into this book flawlessly.

When I told people I was reading a book about a dead indigenous (Nahuatl?) woman who possesses an orange tree when its roots penetrated her dead body and then sort of inhabits a woman's body when she drinks her orange juice they think its weird. But the first paragraphs describing the possession of the orange tree by the deceased Itza are some of the most be...more
Rita
C 1988 Nicaragua
The back cover says the author is a representative of the Sandinistas in Nicaragua [i.e. in parliament?].
This sort of helps explain why the book seems like an apologia, a sort of cheerleading for the/a revolutionary movement.
It is very well done, in parts, showing the rev. movement from a very personal perspective of an educated, talented young woman who is a member of the elite. We see [or rather hear, in sometimes preachy monologues] her thinking changing on Women, the Lower Cl...more
Elizabeth
Beautiful imagery, gorgeous language, and a powerful story. A tale of justice, violence, totalitarianism, passion, fear, and history, all mingled together to create this wondrous piece of literature. From the memories and thoughts of Lavinia to the spirit and power of Itza, all of the senses were satisfied in my imagination, and certainly all the emotions gripped my heart. I am being very vague in this review because this is one of those books that cannot be given justice through words. You just...more
Marianne
La Mujer Habitada es un libro que cuenta las historias de Itzá (el espiritu de mujer indígena que "habita" a otro cuerpo) y Lavinia (una mujer joven, arquitecta y moderna que no piensa como los demás).

La historia comienza relativamente lenta, plagada por metáforas y simbolismos que a veces eran confusos seguir. Luego de unir ambas vidas de las protagonistas, la historia empezó a ser interesante. Cada capitulo se puede ver tanto de la perspectiva de Itzá como de la perspectiva de Lavinia.

A ve...more
Eleni
I wish I weren't too lazy to read this book in the original Spanish, because I think some of its power got lost in translation. It's also a bit dated, but I kind of loved that. It's set in the late 70s and early 80s in some unnamed Central American country but the author is Nicaraguan and it seems largely inspired by her involvement with the Sandinista movement. It was really compelling and readable and very evocative of a disco-dancing, ideology-embracing moment in tine. There's a parallel stor...more
Jodi
Despite the fact that it took me seriously 5 years to read, it was pretty good. Since it was in spanish, I probably missed a lot, but the story was fascinating and the descriptions really placed you into this woman's life. It's about an educated, aristocratic young architect in central american who experiences a drastic internal transformation by becoming ingrained in the underground revolution against a tyrannical government. This occurs because she has become inhabited by the spirit of an indi...more
Hans De Jonge
I have read the book in 1983 during a holiday trip to Greece. La mujer habitada is a political and erotic book about a woman in the resistance in the Nicaragua of dictator Somoza. Good roman about the intimate feelings and friendships of a woman-soldier motivated freedom-fighter.Gioconda BelliBewohnte FrauLa donna abitataI have read it again in 1989 The Inhabited Woman
Gabbo
The Inhabited Woman is a thought-provoking book that takes you on an adventure you won't want to end. Lavinia is a Nicaraguan architect "inhabited" by the spirit of Itza, an indigenous warrior killed centuries ago while fighting for her country. With Itza in her blood, Lavinia finds herself torn between her "normal" upper-class existence and her sense of social responsibility, which, together with her love for the revolutionary Felipe, sends her into a new world of danger and heroism. Analysing...more
Natalia Pì
Storia di una giovane donna di estrazione altoborghese, che finisce per unirsi al movimento per la liberazione dal Grande Generale. La sua storia viene osservata dallo spirito di una guerriera india, che abita nell'albero di arancio nel giardino della protagonista.
Bella, bella sorpresa! Io in genere non vado d'accordo con gli scrittori sudamericani, ma questo libro mi e' piaciuto molto, su vari livelli.
Bella la storia, condivisibili le riflessioni della donna riguardo ai compagni uomini, rivolu...more
Amelia
Amazing so far! Had to get through the suspending my reality part where the tree is inhabited by an ancient native woman, but now I can't put it down. Makes you ask yourself- how would I have reacted as a middle class, white collar woman in the context of a revolution and oppressive dictator in late 20th C Latin America???
Ok and just finished it. Crazy ending, definitely makes you think.
The writing is not amazing, but the story is fascinating, especially if you know that it is based loosely on t...more
Yumay Cuéllar
Me encantó de principio a fin. Me enseñó parte de la historia de Niaragua de una forma novedosa y entretenida.
Manecita
.Interesante historia, un claro ejemplo de como se puede llegar a tener conciencia social aún cuando se ha tenido todo en la vida. Algunas citas importantes:

-"He observado a la mujer. Las mujeres parecen ya no ser subordinadas, sino personas principales"

-" Uno no es de ninguna manera. Uno se hace así mismo"

_Por mucho que no se quiera ver la violencia, la violencia te busca.Aquí todos tenemos una dosis asegurada de nacionalidad. A uno le hace o uno hace.O, en todo caso, si a uno no le hacen nada,...more
Richard Williamson
Wonderful book - a provocative and thrilling page-turner, beautifully written to boot. Just marvellous.
Brian
In order to fully enjoy this novel I think you have to be knowledgeable and in solidarity with the Nicaraguan Sandanista revolution. I wanted more, deeper insight into how Nicaraguans, especially the middle class, committed to the movement and how that changed them during the course of the revolution. Belli gives certain insights, especially concerning the role of women in the struggle, but the story only takes the reader up to the edge of the actual revolution. The weaving of the pre-conquistad...more
Ariadne .
Dos historias paralelas, la de Itza que ahora habita un árbol de naranjo y la de Lavinia que es habitada por el jugo de naranjo que trae a Itza consigo haciendo que estas historias se entretejan en una sola. Una historia bien escrita, al estilo de Gioconda Belli, ambientada en una Nicaragua revolucionaria. Es un cuento bonito, casi una muestra heroica de lo que es una revolucion, pero para mi, que vivo en America Latina, en un pais donde la revolucion no ha traido mas que muerte y tragedia, es u...more
Beatrice
I like the premise of this novel. There's a woman who is reincarnated through a tree. She takes possession of another woman, for lack of a better word, by producing oranges. The other woman makes orange juice, and the two women, from different epochs, classes, etc... become one actor/actress. I'm just not sure that, once all of this gets blended with a bit of subtle eroticism, and some vague plots for political revolution, that everything hangs together quite right.
Laura Martinez
I had never read such a beautiful last line in a book. This book was amazing! It came as a surprise to know that it was Belli's first novel, somehow, it doesn't feel like it is.

This book speaks deeply and directly to a womens heart, it makes you know that there's always a rebellious side of us that hasn't been explored -let alone, fulfilled.

While I was reading it I cried, I cried and thought about how many times I've forgotten what's really important, what makes my heart giggle and how much of...more
Jess
This book was so fantastic that I got a tattoo to commemorate it! Even the darkest scenes are written with such beautiful language that you almost forget about the violence. Seriously, a must-read for anyone into (dare I say) feminist literature.
Lena
I love the parallel stories and the new twist to magic realism. But the characters in the modern story seem a bit shallow, and although I know the main is supposed to be, I wanted the writing to go further below the surface. Even the characters fully entrenched in the revolution never fully advocate for their passion. I hung in there because it was a quick read, I liked the social commentary, and I appreciated the main character's growth. However, the cliches didn't go unnoticed.
Elise
Great premise for a novel, but I am nonplussed by the execution. "The Inhabited Woman" is far too preachy--tells too much but doesn't show enough. It technically passed my 50 page test, as I am almost to p. 100, but I have not been successfully transported to Belli's world, so I am pretty sure I won't finish this one. It could be an issue of translation. Who knows? This book is just not the magic realist magic carpet ride I had expected. Disappointing.
Ms. Caliendo
The writing of this book was solidly beautiful -- a wonderful juxtaposition of voices across time. The only part that bothered me was how didactic it seemed in regards to gendered discussion and how truly weak the female characters were -- despite wanting to be taken seriously by men -- when in the presence of their love. Is it not possible to have a fair, respectful relationship?
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