La mujer habitada
Ganadora del Premio Casa de las Américas, la escritora nicaragüense Gioconda Belli es una de las voces más importantes de la nueva literatura latinoamericana.
La mujer habitada sumerge al lector en un mundo mágico y vital donde la resistencia ancestral del indígena al español se vincula a la rebelión femenina y a la insurgencia política de hoy. Lavinia abandona la casa de...more
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.
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 ...more
The story of two warrior women, brave seduced by their dreams. I confess that I prefer the story of the woman who inhabits the orange tree.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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
Gioconda Belli, partly of Northern Italian descent, was an active participant in the Sandinista struggle against the Somoza dictatorship, and her work for the movement led to her being forced into exile in Mexico in 1975. Returning in 1979 just before the Sandinista victory, she became FSLN's ...more