The Country Under My Skin

Gioconda Belli

MEMOIRS. SEIX BARRAL, 2000. 366 PAGES.

"I have been two women and lived two lives. One of my women wanted to do everything according to the classic model for femininity: marry, have children and be contented, docile and caring. The other wanted all the masculine privileges: independence, to be respected in your own right, to have a public life, mobility and lovers. I think that I have finally managed to achieve both under the same skin. Without renouncing my womanhood, I have also managed to be a man."

This memoir is both a powerful first-person account of a key period in Latin American history and a delicate self-portrait of a woman who is both ordinary and exceptional. Two realities: those of love and war, meet in these pages, from the danger of the trenches to the peace of maturity, reflecting on the permanence of ideals and the driving force of passion.

 

"This is the best autobiography I've read in years: a passionate, lyrical, tough-minded account of an extraordinary life in art, revolution and love. It's a book to relish, to read and re-read. Unforgettable."
Salman Rushdie    

 

"Love and revolution have rarely been so splendidly and provocatively 
intertwined than in this heretic memoir of a woman's sensual and intellectual voyage of self-discovery in Nicaragua."
Ariel Dorfman    

PUBLISHED BY: Spanish SEIX BARRAL / TXALAPARTA | Arabic DAR ALMADA | English ANCHOR BOOKS | Italy E/O | Portugal BIZANCIO | Turkey METIS YAYINLARI

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