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Cuentos de Eva Luna (The Stories of Eva Luna)

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Eva Luna — amante, revolucionaria, narradora — reclinada en la cama con su amante, le cuenta una historia "que nunca ha contado antes a nadie," en veintitres vivdos y fascinantes relatos sobre guerrilleros y nigromantes, seductores y tiranos, diplomáticos y acróbatas. En esta estupenda colección de cuentos, Isabel Allende continúa la magia de su muy elogiada novela Eva Luna.

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Overview

Eva Luna — amante, revolucionaria, narradora — reclinada en la cama con su amante, le cuenta una historia "que nunca ha contado antes a nadie," en veintitres vivdos y fascinantes relatos sobre guerrilleros y nigromantes, seductores y tiranos, diplomáticos y acróbatas. En esta estupenda colección de cuentos, Isabel Allende continúa la magia de su muy elogiada novela Eva Luna.

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>Seductor, ricamente sensual,y descaradamente romantico...sazando con un lenguaje elegante y un magnetismo de cuentista nata.
Chicago Sun TImes

"Seductor, ricamente sensual,y descaradamente romantico...sazando con un lenguaje elegante y un magnetismo de cuentista nata.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060951313
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/28/2002
  • Language: Spanish
  • Edition description: Spanish-language Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 209,538
  • Product dimensions: 5.31 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Meet the Author

Isabel Allende is the author of twelve works of fiction, including the New York Times bestsellers Maya’s Notebook, Island Beneath the Sea, Inés of My Soul, Daughter of Fortune, and a novel that has become a world-renowned classic, The House of the Spirits. Born in Peru and raised in Chile, she lives in California.

Biography

In Isabel Allende's books, human beings do not exist merely in the three-dimensional sense. They can exert themselves as memory, as destiny, as spirits without form, as fairy tales. Just as the more mystical elements of Allende's past have shaped her work, so has the hard-bitten reality. Working as a journalist in Chile, Allende was forced to flee the country with her family after her uncle, President Salvador Allende, was killed in a coup in 1973.

Out of letters to family back in Chile came the manuscript that was to become Allende's first novel. Her arrival on the publishing scene in 1985 with The House of the Spirits was instantly recognized as a literary event. The New York Times called it "a unique achievement, both personal witness and possible allegory of the past, present and future of Latin America."

To read a book by Allende is to believe in (or be persuaded of) the power of transcendence, spiritual and otherwise. Her characters are often what she calls "marginal," those who strive to live on the fringes of society. It may be someone like Of Love and Shadows 's Hipolito Ranquileo, who makes his living as a circus clown; or Eva Luna, a poor orphan who is the center of two Allende books (Eva Luna and The Stories of Eva Luna).

Allende's characters have in common an inner fortitude that proves stronger than their adversity, and a sense of lineage that propels them both forward and backward. When you meet a central character in an Allende novel, be prepared to meet a few generations of his or her family. This multigenerational thread drives The House of the Spirits, the tale of the South American Trueba family. Not only did the novel draw Allende critical accolades (with such breathless raves as "spectacular," "astonishing" and "mesmerizing" from major reviewers), it landed her firmly in the magic realist tradition of predecessor (and acknowledged influence) Gabriel García Márquez. Some of its characters also reappeared in the historical novels Portrait in Sepia and Daughter of Fortune.

"It's strange that my work has been classified as magic realism," Allende has said, "because I see my novels as just being realistic literature." Indeed, much of what might be considered "magic" to others is real to Allende, who based the character Clara del Valle in The House of the Spirits on her own reputedly clairvoyant grandmother. And she has drawn as well upon the political violence that visited her life: Of Love and Shadows (1987) centers on a political crime in Chile, and other Allende books allude to the ideological divisions that affected the author so critically.

But all of her other work was "rehearsal," says Allende, for what she considers her most difficult and personal book. Paula is written for Allende's daughter, who died in 1992 after several months in a coma. Like Allende's fiction, it tells Paula's story through that of Allende's own and of her relatives. Allende again departed from fiction in Aphrodite, a book that pays homage to the romantic powers of food (complete with recipes for two such as "Reconciliation Soup"). The book's lighthearted subject matter had to have been a necessity for Allende, who could not write for nearly three years after the draining experience of writing Paula.

Whichever side of reality she is on, Allende's voice is unfailingly romantic and life-affirming, creating mystery even as she uncloaks it. Like a character in Of Love and Shadows, Allende tells "stories of her own invention whose aim [is] to ease suffering and make time pass more quickly," and she succeeds.

Good To Know

Allende has said that the character of Gregory Reeves in The Infinite Plan is based on her husband, Willie Gordon.

Allende begins all of her books on January 8, which she considers lucky because it was the day she began writing a letter to her dying grandfather that later became The House of the Spirits.

She began her career as a journalist, editing the magazine Paula and later contributing to the Venezuelan paper El Nacional.

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DOS PALABRAS

Tenía el nombre de Belisa Crepusculario, pero no por fe de bautismo o acierto de su madre, sino porque ella misma lo buscó hasta encontrarlo y se vistió con él.Su oficio era vender palabras. Recorría el país, desde las regiones más altas y frías hasta las costas calientes, instalándose en las ferias y en los mercados, donde montaba cuatro palos con un toldo de lienzo, bajo el cual se protegía del sol y de la lluvia para atender a su clientela. No necesitaba pregonar su mercadería, porque de tanto caminar por aquí y por allá, todos la conocían.Había quienes la aguardaban de un año para otro, y cuando aparecía por la aldea con su atado bajo el brazo hacían cola frente a su tenderete. Vendía a precios justos.Por cinco centavos entregaba versos de memoria, por siete mejoraba la calidad de los sueños,por nueve escribía cartas de enamorados,por doce inventaba insultos para enemigos irreconciliables. También vendía cuentos, pero no eran cuentos de fantasia, sino largas historias verdaderas que recitaba de corrido, sin saltarse nada.Así llevaba las nuevas de un pueblo a otro.La gente le pagaba por agregar una o dos líneas: nació un niño, murió fulano, se casaron nuestros hijos, se quemaron las cosechas.En cada lugar se juntaba una pequeña multitud a su alrededor para oírla cuando comenzaba a hablar y así se enteraban de las vidas de otros, de los parientes lejanos, de los pormenores de la Guerra Civil. A quienle comprara cincuenta centavos, ella le regalaba una palabra secreta para espantar la melancolía.No era la misma para todos, por supuesto, porque eso habría sido un engaño colectivo.Cada uno recibía la suya con la certeza de que nadie mís la empleaba para ese fin en el universo y más allá.

Belisa Crepusculario, había nacido en una familia tan mísera, que ni siquiera poseía nombres para llamar a sus hijos. Vino al mundo y creció en la región más inhóspita, donde algunos años las lluvias se convierten en avalanchas de agua que se llevan todo, y en otros no cae ni una gota del cielo, el sol se agranda hasta ocupar el horizonte entero y el mundo se convierte en un desierto. Hasta que cumplió doce años no tuvo otra ocupación ni virtud que sobrevivir at hambre y la fatiga de siglos. Durante una interminable sequía le tocó enterrar a cuatro hermanos menores y cuando comprendió que llegaba su turno, decidió echar a andar por las llanuras en dirección al mar, a ver si en el viaje lograba burlar a la muerte. La tierra estaba erosionada, partida. en profundas grietas, sembrada de piedras, fósiles de árboles y de arbustos espinudos, esqueletos de animates blanqueados por el calor. De vez en cuando, tropezaba con familias que, como ella, iban hacia el sur siguiendo el espejismo del agua. Algunos habían iniciado la marcha llevando sus pertenencias al hombro o en carretillas, pero apenas podían mover sus propios huesos y a poco, andar debían abandonar sus cosas. Se arrastraban penosamente, con la piel convertida en cuero de lagarto y los ojos quemados por la reverberación de la luz. Belisa los saludaba con un gesto al pasar, pero no se detenía, porque no podia gastar sus fuerzas en ejercicios de compasión. Muchos cayeron por el camino, pero ella era tan tozuda que consiguió atravesar el infierno y arribó por fin a los primeros manantiales, finos hilos de agua, casi invisibles, que alimentaban una vegetacion raquítica, y que más adelante se convertían en riachuelos y esteros.

Belisa Crepusculario salvó la vida y además descubrió por casualidad la escritura. Al llegar a una aldea en las proximidades de la costa, el viento colocó a sus pies una hoja de periódico. Ella tomó aquel papel amarillo y quebradizo y estuvo largo rato observindolo sin adivinar su uso, hasta que la curiosidad pudo más que su timidez. Se acercó a un hombre que lavaba un caballo en el mismo charco turbio donde ella saciara su sed.

—-¿Quí es esto?—preguntó.

—-La página deportiva del periódico—-replicó el hombre sin dar muestras de asombro ante su ignorancia.

La respuesta dejó atónita a la muchacha, pero no quiso parecer descarada y se limitó a inquirir el significado de las patitas de mosca dibujadas sobre el papel.

—-Son palabras, niña.Allí dice que Fulgencio Barba noqueó al Negro Tiznao en el tercer round.

Ese día Belisa Crepusculario se enteró que las palabras andan sueltas sin dueño y cualquiera con un poco de maña puede apoderárselas para comerciar con ellas. Consideró su situación y concluyó que aparte de prostituirse o emplearse como sirvienta a en las cocinas de los ricos, eran pocas las ocupaciones que podía desempeñiar. Vender palabras le pareció una alternativa decente. A partir de ese momento ejerció esa profesión y nunca le interesó otra. Al principio ofrecía su mercancía sin sospcchar que las palabras podían también escribirse fuera de los periódicos. Cuando lo supo calculó las infinitas proyecciones de su negocio, con sus ahorros le pagó veinte pesos a un cura para que le enseñara a leer y escribir y con los tres que le sobraron se compró un diccionario. Lo revisó desde la A hasta la Z y luego lo lanzó al mar, porque no era su intención estafar a los clientes con palabras envasadas.

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  • Posted January 23, 2013

    En lo personal, cada uno de sus cuentos me fascinaron... Son his

    En lo personal, cada uno de sus cuentos me fascinaron... Son historias unicas que te transmiten 
    tantas emociones... No lo dejes pasar!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2007

    Me fascino este libro!!

    Es un libro excelente! creo que se lo voy a regalar a mi suegra si tienes la oportunidad leelo.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2003

    Excelente!!!!!

    Isabel Allende te translada a mundos inconocibles, sus cuentos son excitantes y llenos de realismo. Este libro lo recomiendo para las personas que le gustan leer y que no tienen mucho tiempo para leer cuentos largos.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2002

    I was not too crazy about this one!

    The book is good. It is made up of short stories. Some of the stories are great, but others are pretty boring. I didn't quite like this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2014

    Dog place

    Where dogs live.

    *Lunastar* Lunaclan

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  • Posted May 7, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    THIS BOOK WAS LIKE RIDING A WAVE IN A TROPICAL BEACH.AND THEN SIPPING TEA IN THE COMFORT OF YOUR BED.

    ISABEL ALLENDE KNOWS HOW TO TAKE YOU FROM A MOMENT OF DESPAIR TO A TENDER EMBRACE WITHOUT MISSING THE BEAUTY THAT SURROUNDS THE STORY. IN CUENTOS DE EVA LUNA,ONCE MORE SHE ALLOWS THE READERS TO HEAR THE VOICES OF EACH CHARACTER IN A UNIQUE AND PROFOUND WAY. THE PLOT TAKES YOU THRU A RANGE OF EMOTIONS AND AT THE END ALL YOU WANT IS TO READ THIS BOOK ALL OVER AGAIN. I WILL RECOMEND THIS BOOK TO ANY ONE INTRESTED IN READING ORIGINAL WRITTING.

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