Synopses & Reviews
Lavinia is The Inhabited Woman
: accomplished, independent, and fiercely modern. She is sheltered and self-involved, until the spirit of an Indian woman warrior enters her being, then she dares to join a revolutionary movement against a violent dictator and—through the power of love—finds the courage to act.
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"A passionate story of love, courage, solidarity, and death, where . . . the lives of the characters are intertwined with the destiny of a country."—Isabel Allende
"An inviting novel of love, politics, and history, steeped in magical realism, served in rich prose."—Booklist
"One of the most gifted writers to have come out of Central America . . . a wonderfully free and original talent."—Harold Pinter
"A kind of public love poetry that comes closer to expressing the passion of [Nicaragua] than anything I have yet heard."—Salman Rushdie
In this love story set against the backdrop of revolution, Lavinia, a beautiful young woman from the upper class, becomes infused with the spirit of an ancient woman warrior and breaks free from her sheltered world, joining with rebels involved in a tragic, bloody struggle to free their country from an oppressive military dictatorship.
About the Author
Gioconda Belli joined the FSLN in 1970 and was in the Nicaraguan underground resistance until 1975 when she had to flee the Somoza regimes secret police and go into exile. During her exile, she participated in several logistical operations. After Somoza was ousted and the Sandinistas came to power, she held government positions but resigned her political appointments to become a full time writer in 1986. She divides her time between Managua and Los Angeles.