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Eva Luna Eva Luna by Isabel Allende
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“There is no death, daughter. People die only when we forget them,' my mother explained shortly before she left me. 'If you can remember me, I will be with you always.”
Isabel Allende, Eva Luna
“She sowed in my mind the idea that reality is not only what we see on the surface; it has a magical dimension as well and, if we so desire, it is legitimate to enhance it and color it to make our journey through life less trying.”
Isabel Allende, Eva Luna
“...when everything else fails, we communicate in the language of the stars”
Isabel Allende, Eva Luna
“My name is Eva, which means 'life,' according to a book of names my mother consulted. I was born in the back room of a shadowy house, and grew up amidst ancient furniture, books in Latin, and human mummies, but none of those things made me melancholy, because I came into the world with a breath of the jungle in my memory.”
Isabel Allende, Eva Luna
“That was a good time in my life, in spite of having the sensation of floating on a cloud, surrounded by both lies and things left unspoken. Occasionally I thought I glimpsed the truth, but soon found myself once again lost in a forest of ambiguities.”
Isabel Allende, Eva Luna
“I felt an unrelenting restlessness. It was the first time I had ever experienced jealousy, and that emotion clung to my skin day and night like a dark stain, a contamination I could not shed; it became so unbearable that when finally I rid myself of it, I was freed forever of the desire to possess another person or the temptation ever to belong to anyone.”
Isabel Allende, Eva Luna
“January 8 has been a lucky day for me. I have started all my books on that day, and all of them have been well received by the readers. I write eight to ten hours a day until I have a first draft, then I can relax a little. I am very disciplined. I write in silence and solitude. I light a candle to call inspiration and the muses, and I surround myself with pictures of the people I love, dead and alive.”
Isabel Allende, Eva Luna
“Sadness and boredom were more bearable than the effort of living a normal life. Perhaps the idea of death began to hover over her during that period, as a kind of higher order of lassitude in which she would not have to move the blood in her veins or the air in her lungs; her repose would be absolute- not to think, not to feel, not to be.”
Isabel Allende, Eva Luna
“At times I felt that the universe fabricated from the power of imagination had stronger and more lasting contours than the blurred realm of the flesh-and-blood creatures around me.”
Isabel Allende, Eva Luna
“Words are free, she used to say, and she appropriated them; they were all hers. She sowed in my mind the idea that reality is not only what we see on the surface; it has a magical dimension as well and, if we so desire, it is legitimate to enhance it and color it to make our journey through life less trying.”
Isabel Allende, Eva Luna
“The house was a vast labyrinth of books. Volumes were stacked from floor to ceiling on every wall, dark, crackling, redolent of leather bindings, smooth to the touch, with their gold titles and translucent gilt-edged pages and delicate typography.”
Isabel Allende, Eva Luna
“Entonces dejé de examinarme en el espejo para compararme con las mujeres perfectas del cine y las revistas y decidí que era bella por la simple razón de que tenía ganas de serlo.”
Isabel Allende, Eva Luna
“Although stunned and hungry, many sang, because it would have been pointless to aggravate misfortune by complaining.”
Isabel Allende, Eva Luna
“Te quitabas la faja de la cintura, te arrancabas las sandalias, tirabas a un rincón tu amplia falda, de algodón, me parece, y te soltabas el nudo que te retenía el pelo en una cola. Tenías la piel erizada y te reías. Estábamos tan próximos que no podíamos vernos, ambos absortos en este rito urgente, envueltos en el calor y el olor que hacíamos juntos. Me abría paso por tus caminos, mis manos en tu cintura encabritada y las tuyas impacientes. Te deslizabas, me recorrías, me trepabas, me envolvías con tus piernas invencibles, me decías mil veces ven con los labios sobre los míos”
Isabel Allende, Cuentos de Eva Luna
“On that long journey she wept all the tears stored in her soul, leaving none in reserve for later sorrows.”
Isabel Allende, Eva Luna
“Cuando escribo cuento la vida como me gustaría que fuera, como una novela.”
Isabel Allende, Eva Luna
“Melesio tweezed his facial hairs, then ran ether-soaked cotton over his face, so his skin was the texture of silk; he took pains with his long-fingered, slender hands, and every night brushed his hair one hundred times. He was tall, with strong bones, but he moved with such delicacy that he gave the impression of being fragile. He never talked about his family and it would be years later, during his time in the penal colony on Santa María, that La Señora learned anything about his past. His father had been a bear of a man who had emigrated from Sicily and who every time he found his son playing with his sister’s toys gave him a beating accompanied by cries of Ricchione! Pederasta! Mascalzone!”
Isabel Allende, Eva Luna
“He had a presentiment that their fates would be intertwined, but immediately rejected it; he always tried to avoid falling into the traps of intuition.”
Isabel Allende, Eva Luna
“Words are free, she tried to say, and she appropriated them; they were all hers.”
Isabel Allende, Eva Luna
“La tristeza y el aburrimiento le resultaban más soportables que el esfuerzo de una existencia normal.”
Isabel Allende, Eva Luna
“Πρέπει ν' αντιστέκεσαι όταν σε πολεμάνε. Τα λυσσασμένα σκυλιά κανένας δεν τολμάει να τα πειράξει, ενώ τα ήμερα τα κλωτσάνε. Πρέπει πάντα ν' αγωνίζεσαι.”
Isabel Allende, Eva Luna
“I tried to show my affection and gratitude with small attentions, but he would not allow it; he was not used to receiving affection, although it was his nature to squander it on others.”
Isabel Allende, Eva Luna
“Al crecer Rolf Carlé resultó observador, orgulloso y tenaz, con cierta inclinación romántica que lo abochornaba como un signo de debilidad.En esa época de exaltación guerrera, él jugaba con sus compañeros a las trincheras y a los aviones derribados, pero en secreto se conmovía con los brotes de cada primavera, las flores en el verano, el oro del otoño y la triste blancura del invierno.”
Isabel Allende, Eva Luna
“Consuelo's appearance set her apart from the others, and the nuns, sure that this was not accidental but a sign of benevolent divine will, spared no effort in cultivating her faith, in the hope she would decide to take her vows and serve the Church; al their efforts, however, came to naught before the girl's instinctive rejection. She made the attempt in good faith, but never succeeded in accepting the tyrannical god the nuns preached to her about; she preferred a more joyful, maternal, and compassionated god.
"That is the Most Holy Virgin Mary," the nuns explained to her.
"She is God?"
"No, she is the Mother of God."
"Yes, but who has the say in heaven, God or his Mama?”
Isabel Allende, Eva Luna
“I thought of the long-ago afternoon when we first met, a boy and a girl in a crowded plaza. Even then he was an ingrained macho, able to direct his destiny; in contrast, he believed that because I had been born a girl I was at a disadvantage, I should accept my limitations and entrust myself to others’ care. In his eyes, I would never be independent. Huberto had thought that way since he could think at all; it was not likely that the Revolution was going to change those attitudes. I realized that our problems were not related in any way to the fortunes of the guerillas; even if he achieved his dream, there would be no equality for me. For Naranjo, and others like him, “the people” seemed to be composed exclusively of men; we women should contribute to the struggle but were excluded from decision-making and power. His revolution would not change my fate in any fundamental way; under any circumstances, as long as I lived I would still have to make my own way. Perhaps it was at that moment I realized that mine is a war with no end in view; I might as well fight it cheerfully or I would spend my life waiting for some distant victory in order to be happy.”
Isabel Allende, Eva Luna
“Als ich siebzehn wurde, war mein Körper ausgewachsen, und mein Gesicht nahm die Züge an, die es noch heute zeigt. Da hörte ich auf, mich im Spiegel zu mustern, um mich mit den vollkommenen Frauen aus den Filmen und den Zeitschriften zu vergleichen, und entschied, dass ich schön war aus dem einfachen Grund, weil ich Lust hatte, schön zu sein.”
Isabel Allende, Eva Luna
“algunas concubinas, mientras los ministros dudaban”
Isabel Allende, Eva Luna