- Series: Seix Barral Biblioteca Breve
- Paperback: 347 pages
- Publisher: Planeta Publishing (January 15, 2007)
- Language: Spanish
- ISBN-10: 9507314873
- ISBN-13: 978-9507314872
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #541,380 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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La Mujer Habitada/ the Inhabited Woman (Seix Barral Biblioteca Breve) (Spanish Edition) (Spanish) Paperback – January 15, 2007
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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 sus padres para iniciar una vida de mujer independiente. Piensa que por fin empezará a escribir su historia. Pero ignora que, junto con el amor, llegará la oportunidad de escribir La Historia. Una voz íntima que habita en su sangre la incita a unirse a los cazadores de utopías...
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Faguas (read "Managua") stirred her pores, her zest for life. Faguas was sensuality. Body open, wide, sinuous; a woman's disorderly breasts made of earth, scattered about the landscape. Threatening. Beautiful. (translation mine)
Even in moments of irony, her descriptions retain this poetic quality:
From the street she could see the escalator, the great novelty, the only one in the whole country. The store had had to station janitors in the doorway to keep out the ragged little newspaper boys who, in the first days, ruined the pleasure of the elegant ladies being electronically elevated to consumerism.
This is above all the story of a young woman finding her place in a male-dominated society, in the professional world, in relationships, and in a dangerous time of social rebellion. Thus it examines in thoughtful detail both the interpersonal and the intrapersonal.
Lately Lavinia didn't understand herself. She didn't understand why it put her in a bad mood that Felipe didn't talk to her about the Movement. She didn't want to be in the Movement, she repeated to herself. And yet, to speak about it and ask about it had become an irrational attraction. A constant temptation, an inexplicable incitement. And she never imagined Felipe holding her back, containing her, denying her the knowledge.
The Inhabited Woman is deeply spiritual as well as political. The protagonist is aided in her self-discovery by the reborn spirit of a Native woman whose people had resisted the Spanish conquest five centuries earlier. (It's only fair to warn you that this history takes a grotesque turn at times.) Through this and other connections, Belli empowers us to feel the interrelatedness of the protagonist, her compatriots, her homeland, and ourselves. La mujer habitada is a powerful read, not just because of where it takes us but because of how it gets us there.
Una historia con personajes que pueden ser cualquiera de nosotros, en una realidad muy cercana.