De amor y de sombra (Of Love and Shadows)

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Desarrollada en un país latinamericano sin nombre que vive bajo el dominio de una dictadura militar, la segunda, hipnotizante, novela de Allende cuenta la historia de una mujer y un hombre que están destinados, bajo las circunstancias más espeluzantes, a compartir un amor excepcional. Irene Beltrán es fruto de la clase alta, una bien intencionada, aunque algo ingenua, reportera en una revista para mujeres. Francisco Leal, hijo de exiliados españoles, es un fotógrafo partidario de la resistencia clandestina. ...

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Overview

Desarrollada en un país latinamericano sin nombre que vive bajo el dominio de una dictadura militar, la segunda, hipnotizante, novela de Allende cuenta la historia de una mujer y un hombre que están destinados, bajo las circunstancias más espeluzantes, a compartir un amor excepcional. Irene Beltrán es fruto de la clase alta, una bien intencionada, aunque algo ingenua, reportera en una revista para mujeres. Francisco Leal, hijo de exiliados españoles, es un fotógrafo partidario de la resistencia clandestina. Durante el curso de un trabajo rutinario, esta pareja descubre, literalmente, un crimen que resulta en desafío — y provocación — al terrorismo oficial del gobierno, y que también pone en grave peligro sus vidas.

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Editorial Reviews

San Francisco Chronicle
Siempre amena, a menudo bella, difinitivamente apremiante.
San Francisco Chronicle
Siempre amena, a menudo bella, difinitivamente apremiante.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060951290
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/28/2002
  • Language: Spanish
  • Edition description: Spanish-language Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 137,930
  • Lexile: 1200L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.31 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Meet the Author

Isabel Allende is the bestselling author of twelve works of fiction, four memoirs, and three young-adult novels, which have been translated into more than thirty-five languages with sales in excess of fifty-seven million copies. She is the author most recently of the bestsellers Maya's Notebook, Island Beneath the Sea, Inés of My Soul, Portrait in Sepia, and Daughter of Fortune. In 2004 she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She received the Hans Christian Andersen Literary Award in 2012. 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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Otra Primavera

El primer día de sol evaporó la humedad acumulada en la tierra por los meses de invierno y calentó los frágiles huesos de los ancianos, que pudieron pasear por los senderos ortopédicos del jardin. Sólo el melancólico permaneció en su lecho, porque era inúltil sacarlo al aire puro si sus ojos sólo veían sus propias pesadillas y sus oídos estaban sordos al tumulto de los pájaros. Josefina Bianchi, la actriz, vestida con el largo traje de seda que medio siglo antes usara para declamar a Chejov y llevando una sombrilla para proteger su cutis de porcelana trizada, avanzaba lentamente entre los macizos que pronto se cubrirían de flores y abejorros.

-Pobres muchachos —sonrió la octogenaria al percibir un temblor sutil en el nomeolvides y adivinar allí la presencia de sus adoradores, aquellos que la amaban en el anonimato y se ocultaban en la vegetación para espiar su paso.

El Coronel se desplazó algunos centímetros apoyado en el corral de aluminio que servía de soporte a sus piernas de algodón. Para festejar la naciente primavera y saludar al pabellón nacional, como era preciso hacerlo todas las mañanas, se había colocado en el pecho las medallas de cartón y lata fabricadas por Irene Para él. Cuando la agitación de sus pulmones se lo permitía, gritaba instrucciones a la tropa y ordenaba a los bisabuelos temblorosos apartarse del Campo de Marte, donde los infantes podían aplastarlos con su gallardo pasode desfile y sus botas de charol. La bandera ondeó en el aire como un invisible gallinazo cerca del alambre telefónico y sus soldados se cuadraron rígidos, la miradaal frente, redoble de tambores, voces viriles entonando el sagrado himno que sólo sus oídos escuchaban.

Fue interrumpido por una enfermera en uniforme de batalla, silenciosa y solapada, como usualmente son esas mujeres, provista de una servilleta para limpiarle la baba que descendía por las comisuras de sus labios y mojaba su camisa. Quiso ofrecerle una condecoración o ascenderla de grado, pero ella dio media vuelta y lo dejó plantado con sus intenciones en el aire, después de advertirle que si se ensuciaba en los calzones le daría tres nalgadas, porque estaba harta de limpiar caca ajena. ¿De quién habla esta insensata?, se preguntó el Coronel deduciendo que sin duda se refería a la viuda más rica del reino. Sólo ella usaba pañales en el campamento a causa de una herida, de cañón que hizo polvo su sistema digestivo y la tumbó para siempre en una silla de ruedas, pero ni aun por eso era respetada. Al menor descuido, le hurtaban sus horquillas y sus cintas, el mundo está lleno de bellacos y truhanes.

—¡Ladrones! Me robaron mis zapatillas! -gritó la viuda.

'Cállese, abuela, que pueden oírla, los vecinos -le ordenó la cuidadora moviendo la silla. para ponerla al sol.

La inválida siguió lanzando acusaciones hasta quedar sin aire y tuvo que callarse para no morir, pero le quedaron fuerzas para señalar con un dedo artrítico al sátiro que se abría furtivamente la bragueta para mostrar su lastimoso pene a las señoras. Ninguna se preocupaba por eso, excepto una menuda dama, vestida de luto, quien observaba aquel higo seco con cierta ternura. Estaba enamorada de su dueño y por las noches dejaba abierta la puerta de su habitación para decidirlo.

—¡Ramera! -masculló la viuda acaudalada, pero no pudo evitar una sonrisa, porque de súbito recordó los tiempos más lejanos, cuando aún tenía marido y él pagaba con morocotas de oro el privilegio de ser acogido entre sus gruesos muslos, lo cual ocurría con bastante frecuencia. Llegó a tener una bolsa Ilena, tan pesada que ningún marinero podía echársela al hombro.

—¿Dónde están mis monedas de oro?

-¿De qué está! hablando, abuela? 'respondió distraída la empleada, tras la silla de, ruedas.

—¡Tú me las robaste! ¡Llamaré a la, policía!

-No fastidie, vieja—replicó la otra sin alterarse.

Al hemipléjico lo habían acomodado en un banco con sus piernas arropadas en un chal, sereno y digno a pesar de la deformidad de su media cara, la mano inútil en el bolsillo y una pipa vacía en la otra, con su brátinica elegancia de chaqueta parchada con cuero en los codos. Esperaba el correo, por eso exigió que lo sentaran frente al portón, para ver entrar a Irene y saber a la primera mirada si traía carta para él. A su lado tomaba el sol un anciano triste con el cual no se hablaba porque eran enemigos, aunque ambos habían olvidado la causa de la discordia. Por error, a veces se dirigían la palabra sin recibir respuesta, más por sordera que por hostilidad.

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