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Dell'amore e di altri demoni

3.98  ·  Rating Details ·  40,527 Ratings  ·  1,740 Reviews
Da un'antica tomba nel convento delle clarisse di Cartagena emerge una lunghissima chioma rossa. Dal singolare evento, cui il giovane Garcia Màrquez, allora cronista alle prime armi, si trovò ad assistere, scaturisce questo affascinante racconto pubblicato nel 1994, con il quale Gabo torna alle atmosfere di Cent'anni di solitudine e ai temi dell'Amore ai tempi del colera, ...more
Paperback, Oscar classici moderni, 154 pages
Published September 18th 2007 by Arnoldo Mondadori (first published 1994)
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Anne maria Koileo
ofcourse... no doubt about it... It's a great book... you can take my word...Read and enjoy :)
Aida Delaura confessed to the Bishop everything, with the exception of his love for the girl. The Bishop felt his interactions with the Dr were bordering…moreDelaura confessed to the Bishop everything, with the exception of his love for the girl. The Bishop felt his interactions with the Dr were bordering on heresy, as forbidden books were considered treasonous. Rather than have him go in front of a tribunal, he vanquished him to the lepers hospital ward. (Somethings lose their meaning in the translation.) (less)
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Laura
Dec 02, 2007 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This book starts off very slowly and almost slyly, as if someone has started telling a long-winded story and you're really not paying attention, and then, halfway through the story you realize that you're hanging onto every word. If Garcia Marquez explored the metaphor or love as a disease in "Love in the Time of Cholera", then here he centers his story around the metaphor of love as madness and demonic possession. I think the metaphor actually works better than the cholera one. This book feels ...more
Fernando
Jun 29, 2017 Fernando rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Gabriel García Márquez es uno de esos escritores bendecidos por el arte de narrar historias como los dioses. A lo largo de su vasta carrera literaria supo abrirse a paso firme su camino glorioso en la literatura, recibió el premio Nobel en 1982 y se instaló entre los mejores autores que nos dio el siglo XX. Todas sus novelas en general reflejan su maestría única, su impronta inequívoca y son leídas por gente de todo el mundo.
Y fue además a partir de “Cien años de soledad” que su fama se transfor
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Ritwik
Jun 27, 2015 Ritwik rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Instead of writing a review by jotting down my bleak understanding of the glorious book by Gabo I thought of weaving a little tale based on it and using the characters along with the principle symbolism in the book-




'Disbelief is more resistant than faith because it is sustained by the senses'

As always I,Father Delaura lost focus and stumbled on my way to the Bishop's room where I was invited to witness an eclipse. In the cloistered silence I found the bishop in a pensive mood holding a smoked
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Kelly
May 25, 2007 Kelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Marquez fans, lovers of beautiful language
This was not the first book of Marquez's that I have read. I read Love in the Time of Cholera when I was in my late teens. I found it so utterly surreal and unlike anything I had ever experienced before. I wasn't sure if I liked it, precisely, but I knew that I wanted more. I was gripped by it, possessed by it, which was not quite the same experience as 'liking' a novel, exactly.

The next one I picked up after that was this one. Of Love and Other Demons. I can safely say that I felt the same way
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Vane J.
Jun 20, 2015 Vane J. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Vane by: ♛Tash
This book was like a punch in the gut. And it left me with little to no words, so this review will be short and vague so as to not spoiling anything.

Set in the 18th century, 12-year-old Sierva María is bitten by a dog and people believe her to be posessed by a demon. Thus they send her to a convent where Cayetano Delaura meets her and falls in intense love.

Honestly, it's very simple, and yet there's so much in it. The writing is so atmospheric, and this is enhanced by the subtle magical realism
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Samadrita
I have always drawn parallels between Marquez and Murakami not only because of the common element of magical realism so discernible in their works, but also because of their talent for splendid imagery.
But it goes without saying, there's a pronounced difference between their styles as well.

While I understood perfectly well that Murakami likes to crack open the spine of a city bustling with life and activity on the surface and fish out its soul from the intimidating depths of its anatomy, Marque
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Franco  Santos
2.5 estrellas.

El primer libro que leo de Gabriel García Márquez y tengo que decir que me gustó. Es una novela corta, que se lee en una sentada.

-¡Qué lejos estamos!
-¿De qué?
-De nosotros mismos.


El inicio es interesante, aunque tengo que admitir que me costó involucrarme con la historia. Luego todo se empieza a esclarecer en el segundo capítulo y, a partir de ahí, el relato se disfruta mucho más.

No hay medicina que cure lo que no cura la felicidad.

En algunas partes se me hizo bastante pesado por el
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Ian
Jul 09, 2012 Ian rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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It seems this is one you either love or are indifferent to. I found myself leaning toward the indifferent. The underlying story of a young girl being removed from the comforts of wealth based upon misdiagnosis and ignorance is of itself fascinating, the scene setting fabulous. To overlay that with a doomed romance between a handsome priest and a prepubescent girl is heady stuff, then further layered with themes of the demonic and the insane, and yet it simply failed to enliven my senses. Maybe p ...more
♛Tash
Dec 08, 2013 ♛Tash rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition




I recently watched the movie version of this book, and I did not love it, mostly because I only understand the most rudimentary of Spanish and the movie's English subtitles were horrible. Regardless, I still bawled like a baby, because Of Love and Other Demons is one of the most, if not the most, tragic story I've ever had the pleasure of reading.

Of Love and Other Demons is the story of a pre-teen girl Sierva Maria, her affliction which is mistaken as demon possession and her days with Father Ca
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Gearóid
Apr 22, 2014 Gearóid rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really incredible!
This was only a very short book but every sentence was really beautiful and I just took my time to savour every word.
I'm not sure what magical realism is but it this is magical realism then I love it!!!!
Not only did Marques write amazing prose but he was also a great storyteller.
Have read a good few of his books but now must read them all!

Ninoska Goris
Mar 19, 2017 Ninoska Goris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Marquez begins his story with a note. In this note, he describes arriving at a convent in the process of being emptied and turned into a luxury hotel. Laborers unearthed "three generations of bishops and abbesses and other eminent personages" until, at last, they came to a niche of the high altar where they found the tomb of a twelve-year old girl called Sierva Maria de Todos Los Angeles. She had hair the color of copper and it flowed out of her head twenty-two metres long.

And so a story is bor
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Ahmed
Mar 19, 2016 Ahmed rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

إذًا فالحب عند ماركيز شيطان ،يُخرج الوقور عن وقاره،ويذهب بالعقل إلى الشتات فلا تدري كنه أفعالهوتصرفاته،فالحب هو الشيطان الأكبر.

نحن أمام رواية احتاجت فكرتها لأربعة عقود لتختمر في عقل ماركيز،ويخرجها إلى النور،هي رواية عن جنون البشر وعادتهم الغريبة المريبة،هي رواية عن سطوة الدين وجهل رجاله وجبروت تأثيره،رواية عن جمال الروح ودناسة الجسد،عن عالم غريب من البشر وتقاليدهم وعاداتهم

الفكرة في عظمة ماركيز قدرته الرهيبة على إخراج رواية متكاملة من موقف بسيط مرّ به.

الرواية جميلة بتضعك في عالمها المنسوج بمهارة
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Linda Abhors the New GR Design
My favorite Gabo book so far (and Ive read more than one or two).

I was just going to leave it at that, but since I just finished it, I may as well write down why it merits space on my favoritesshelf while I still have the taste of black beans and rice in my mouth and the smell of the ocean in my hair......

First, I am happy to see in other reviews that Im not the only one whos noticed the trend of men falling in love with prepubescent girls in Gabos works--that wasnt the author we studied in col
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Ravi Gangwani

'Disbelief is more resistant than faith because it is sustained by the senses.'

'The Enemy makes better use of our intelligence than of our errors.'

'Dominga de Adviento, a black women, believed in two religions at the same time because what she did not find in one faith was there in the other.'

'Dulce Olivia found consolation in nostalgia of her unrequited love.'

Once I was speaking to my room-mate. I told him about the helplessness of people in India ... Sometimes their senses are so raped by the
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Suad Shamma
Nov 22, 2012 Suad Shamma rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, 2014, classics
This is perhaps the most disturbing love story that I've ever read. EVER. But that's what makes it so hauntingly great.

I have slowly been working through Gabriel Garcia Marquez's books, and I've yet to be disappointed by his work. This is such a fascinating tragic tale of love that it completely supersedes Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet in my opinion.

A tale that brings to question love, faith, parenthood and so much more. You have a young girl, thought to be demonic and possessed, who was bitt
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Sara
Nov 04, 2016 Sara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
«Voi avete una religione della morte che vi infonde il coraggio e la gioia di affrontarla» gli disse. «Io no: credo che l'unica cosa essenziale sia rimanere vivo.»
J.I.
I must admit that while I enjoyed this immensely, I did not enjoy it as much as most other Marquez. It isn't just that I have grown tired of his pedophilia storylines, though that doesn't help, but rather that this story doesn't do as interesting job of blending the real and the fantastic and the moment that opens the story, so beautiful in its absurdity, seems to bear little resemblance to the story that follows, which is a shame because a concentration on the fantastic, rather than the mundane ...more
Lavinia
Sep 21, 2010 Lavinia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, 2010
Yummy, captivating reading, from the very first sentence. There's a lot of blah about the book, just look around, plenty of reviews and opinions; everything is magic of course, and the story telling*, oh! the story telling is absolutely fantastic, so I'll just make a confession: I have a terrible, secret passion for priests who fall madly in love and run away with the object of their desire, go nuts or do something crazy. Here, not so secret any more.

*mental debate on who's a better story teller
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Desirée
Jul 12, 2016 Desirée rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un muy buen libro!!
Shaimaa Ali
Sep 30, 2016 Shaimaa Ali rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
يبدو أنني أتصالح رُويداً رُويداً مع ماركيز!

ممتعة وكأن من كتبها هو يوسا .. وهذا كافٍ للتدليل على مدى إعجابي بها :-))))
MizCreatrix NY
Nov 06, 2010 MizCreatrix NY rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: An insomniac
I so wanted to love this book. Touted as a captivating, enchanting and even "edgy" work of storytelling hinged with elements of magical realism, "Of Love and Other Demons" seemed like a promising novel that would haunt me psychologically and emotionally.

Instead, I ended up dreading everything about it.

Quick plot review (spoilers contained): Young girl gets bit by a supposed rabid dog. Said girl is subsequently believed to be possessed by a demon. Girl is sent off to a convent to be "healed"? exo
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Ahmad Sharabiani
von der Liebe und anderen Damonen=Del amory otros demonios=Del amar y otros demonios = of love and other demons, Gabriel García Márquez

عنوان: از عشق و شیاطین دیگر؛ نوشته: گابریل گارسیا مارکز؛ مترجم: رضا موسوی؛ ویرایش: حسن گل محمدی؛ تهران، کمال علم، 1374؛ در 208 ص؛ موضوع: داستانهای کلمبیایی از نویسندگان قرن 20 م

عنوان: از عشق و شیاطین دیگر؛ نوشته: گابریل گارسیا مارکز؛ مترجم: جاهد جهانشاهی؛ تهران، شرکت فرهنگی هنری آرست، 1374؛ در 188 ص؛

عنوان: عشق و شیاطین دیگر؛ نوشته: گابریل گارسیا مارکز؛ مترجم: ص
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Denis
Nov 22, 2008 Denis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My introduction to Garcia Marquez. Loved it from the first sentence to the last, and fell immediately under the spell of his famous "magical realism" (which infuses the story itself as well as the way it's written). It is magical indeed, and wonderfully sad as the love stories we want to read about should be - it's also, despite being relatively short, epic in a way that, I sense, is typical of Garcia Marquez' world. Some could reduce it to a fairy tale for adult - it is really much more than th ...more
Sean Wilson
Nov 02, 2016 Sean Wilson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Gabriel García Márquez is an author I've known for a long time, but chose to not pick up any of his novels even when I had the (cheap) chance. But you know what? I'm glad I picked up Of Love and Other Demons because it's surprised me more than any other novel I've read this year. This was a beautiful novel of love, passion, faith and living. It was equally dark as it was humourous, haunting as it was lighthearted.
Shane
Apr 02, 2010 Shane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Garcia Marquez has the remarkable ability to take the reader into a surreal world where the decaying remnants of empire, the suffocation of religion, superstition, prejudice and the underbelly of human existence replete with bodily emissions and odours are laid bare. He also reveals the consequences of living in a world without love.

In this book, based on a discovery he reported on as a young journalist, of a 200 year-old skeleton with a growing head of copper coloured hair discovered in an old
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Nikos79
I have unexpectedly (and unfortunately) a lot of free time these days, and I read this book by the Colombian author almost in a single sitting. A few pages late at night before I fall in sleep and the rest in the next day in a few hours.

The story starts when the chief editor of a newspaper, assigns a journalist to write down a reportage about an old monastery of Santa Clara which is being demolished in order to build up in the same place a luxury hotel. And over there workers discover an old cor
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Ali Reda
Mar 06, 2013 Ali Reda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literature
The last 30 pages changed my opinion completely. Instead of giving it 2 stars, I gave it 4. The improbable and impossible love, in which obsession acts as a demonic possession causing insanity in those involved, however from the darkness of madness, beauty emerges that haunts you forever.
Paulina
Nov 04, 2014 Paulina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Primer libro de García Marquéz y me encantó.
Definitivamente encontraré otro de él.
Chris
Oct 06, 2011 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I don't regret having delayed completing Of Love and Other Demons for several years as I don't think I would have appreciated this novella half of much when I first started. My impression then was that this was a slow-moving story with much description but little happening. How wrong I was!

The title is so apt as this is an exploration of how obsessions can take precedence over basic humanity. The enigma that is Sierva Maria is the catalyst for upheaval in a coastal Colombian town (a fictionalise
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Gabriel José de la Concordia García Márquez was a Colombian novelist, short-story writer, screenwriter and journalist. García Márquez, familiarly known as "Gabo" in his native country, was considered one of the most significant authors of the 20th century. In 1982, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.

He studied at the University of Bogotá and later worked as a reporter for the Colombian n
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