El pergamino de la seducción (The Scroll of Seduction), Gioconda Belli



Barcelona: Seix Barral, 2005 (Spanish)

WASHINGTON, DC, April 16, 2013 – Gioconda Belli’s El Pergamino de la Seduccion,The Scroll of Seduction weaves together two stories:the life of Juana of Castile in sixteenth century Spain and the story of Lucía, a young girl in 1970s Madrid.  Perceptive and extensively researched, Belli’s narrative reveals a more human side of the ill-fated queen of Spain through Lucía’s experiences.  Even though Belli does a superb job at redeeming an often-misunderstood historical figure, the story of Lucía and her affair with a much older man does not come across as well.

Juana of Castile (1479-1555), better known now as Juana la Loca, “Juana de Mad,” was a widely misrepresented figure in Spanish history.    The third child of Isabel of Castile and Ferdinand of Aragon, Juana was not brought up to inherit the throne.  However, after the death of her older…

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