El Pergamino de la Seduccion

Una Novela

by Gioconda Belli

On Sale: 08/29/2006

El Pergamino de la Seduccion

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El Pergamino de la Seduccion

Una Novela

by Gioconda Belli

On Sale: 08/29/2006


About the Book

Un novela extraordinaria de amor y locura, en la que un historiador y una joven estudiante investigan la enigmática vida de Juana la Loca. La Reina Juana de Castilla, hija y madre de reyes, es el personaje más carismático y fascinante de un período crucial de la historia de España. Hermosa, inteligente, segura y poderosa, se rebeló contra la represión y los abusos, y luchó sin descanso por ser fiel a sí misma. En 1509, con veintinueve años, fue declarada loca y encerrada en Tordesillas, donde permaneció hasta su muerte en 1555. Cuatro siglos más tarde, a través de Lucía—una joven de asombroso parecido con la Reina Juana de Castilla—un historiador busca resolver el enigma de quien fue más conocida como Juana la Loca. ¿Enloqueció de amor, como cuenta la historia oficial, o fue víctima de traiciones y luchas por el poder? Seducida por la pasión de la palabra, Lucía se adentra en un pasado que alterará su presente para siempre. En esta novela, histórica y contemporánea, Juana de Castilla regresa para contar su propia versión de los hechos.

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Critical Praise


“A poetic, penetrating and revelatory tale of love and war, literature and politics. . .lyrical, dramatic and incisive, Belli’s soulful self-portrait and paean to her beautiful, beleagured country is at once timely and timeless, tragic and life-affirming.” - The Chicago Tribune

“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

“Gioconda Belli’s memoir reads better than a novel. It recounts her larger-than-life experiences as a revolutionary, lover, and mother with honesty, passion, intelligence and, above all, poetry. The Country Under My Skin is as much the story of Nicaragua as it is one extraordinary woman’s dreams.” - Cristina Garcia

“Unravels [the] contradictions. . .all too common among powerful women–with characteristic candor and dignity. . .Often joyous, surprisingly fluid.” - Salon

“Engaging. . .When Belli speaks from the depths of her woman’s insight. . . her prose pierces the heart. . .A window to one woman’s extraordinary journey.” - San Antonio Express-News

“A surprisingly frank picture of the movement. . .Belli presents a complex picture, revealing the ego clashes and massive blunders as well as moments of incredible bravery under fire.” - Los Angeles Magazine

“Belli recalls with engaging candor the course of a life lived to the full. In its twist and turns, moments of danger followed by intense romantic encounters, Belli’s memoir can resemble exuberant historical fiction. . A luminously written, always insightful account of one woman’s encounter with personal and political liberation.” - Kirkus Reviews

“A lush memoir.…both intensely personal and informatively political.…An honest, insider’s account of the very real debates surrounding this major revolution would be valuable in itself, but Belli offers more: a frank examination of her struggle for love.” - Publishers Weekly

“A tribute to beauty, valor, and justice. Belli’s giving and clarion book is also an antidote to fear and apathy, and a reminder that freedom is always a work in progress.” - Booklist

“Romantic and engaging.” - Philadelphia City Paper


“…rigorously imagined and sumptuously presented…” - Booklist

“…A lush novel that draws in equal measure on history and human passion, The Scroll of Seduction bears a passing resemblance to Jane Eyre, Like Water for Chocolate and The Historian.” - Los Angeles Times

“Lush...Belli’s rich prose provides fascinating insight into Juana’s life...” - Tu Vida Magazine

“…A fascinating account… richly told...a feel similar to Tracy Chevalier’s Girl with a Pearl Earring.” - Library Journal

“Exceedingly clever and powerful, this passion-filled mystery of love and jealousy, of beauty and madness, unravels as the suspense builds to a page-turning frenzy that leaves us wanting to keep reading beyond the back cover.” - María Amparo Escandón, author of Esperanza’s Box of Saints and González & Daughter Trucking Co.

“In Belli’s story-within-a-story, expertly translated by Lisa Dillman, a historian uses Juana’s saga to seduce a 16 year old orphan at a Madrid boarding school...the novel gallops along. A-” - Entertainment Weekly

“The Scroll of Seduction engages the reader on multiple levels…an intelligent work of fiction.” - Daily News


Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780060833398
  • ISBN 10: 0060833394
  • Imprint: Rayo
  • On Sale: 08/29/2006
  • Pages: 336
  • List Price:16.99 CAD
  • BISAC1 : DRAMA / Women Authors
  • BISAC2 : DRAMA / American / General
  • BISAC3 : FICTION / Hispanic & Latino

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