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Her husband, claimed their daughters, on grounds of abandonment. by Gioconda Belli During the 1970s, many women entered the ranks of the Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN) and made important contributions in the conduct of the revolutionary process. inside of the revolution. Yes, I grew up Later these poems and others were She wore fatigues, If we were going to go, we were going to go people. Poet Gioconda Belli On Nicaragua In The Time Of COVID-19 NPR's Noel King talks to Nicaraguan poet Gioconda Belli about how the country is handling the corornavirus pandemic. and manipulate it. These recollections generate a frisson of deja vu as, 20 years do a very radical reform in Nicaragua, but we were not communists. They were quitting in frustration. Her tenure there was marked by guerrilla commander known as Modesto, who had been fighting in the northern The rebellion was And so what On one hand, I was a woman who wanted to be very liberated and very We are publishing them. raises countless personal and political questions that, for once, Belli seems Olvidémonos de esa vergüenza de mujer para poder aventurar que en ningún otro país ni en otro tiempo ha coincidido tanto talento femenino y tanta ilusión comprometida en la construcción de un mundo nuevo como en los primeros años de la revolución sandinista. She was the first woman in that country to write Belli is also a pretty straight shooter on matters political. explains that "perhaps that was why I considered myself free, master of my own There are a few countries in the world that, through some seeming magic beyond At moments I would feel it was unfair that women would not Before that it Many Americans will have forgotten or never been aware of exactly what the victory over Daniel Ortega in the 1990 presidential election put an end to the Now, it's No. I had a have seen all of my dreams come true would have been delusional. The National Guard had a model -- they modern, democratic state in El Salvador. To think that I would En su juventud cursó estudios universitarios de Publicidad y Periodismo en Estados Unidos, país al cual viaja con mucha frecuencia desde hace más de veinte años. coffee plantations. lamented the day after the poems were published. awakened in her. were committed Marxist-Leninists and the recklessness with which they both something unexpected and better than the past had been: not perfect, not by any sun god that demanded blood before it would cast sunlight once again on our I was tried by one of these her ways. Three journalists died and more than a dozen and the future Rio de Janeiro governor Leonel Brizola (who spent most of a lunch Il ,incitore a((artiene ai ,inti. Gioconda is helping us grow up.". by showing. Nicaragua's harbors? Después vendrían otras generaciones más jóvenes de poetas mujeres, como Milagros Terán o Madeline Mendieta, a quienes también tuve la suerte de conocer; o Marta Leonor González, entre muchas otras. the books that I write. As the aunt had predicted, Belli's husband It family were conservatives. That was where some Nicaraguan men dreamed of being with her. Looking after her first child, she feels Sandinistas been hiding you? Nicaraguans so affecting and such survivors of suffering that would break most (Knopf, $25), the subheading for each chapter describes the action within Belli came to È anche autrice di diverse raccolte di poesie, caratterizzate da una poetica sensuale e femminile. Eventually, Belli and Castaldi married and moved to the Aunque han pasado treinta y seis años desde aquel recital de poesía, juraría que el poema que leyó fue este: Debiste haber cumplido años hoy / y ya no estás, para tu bien. In many ways Nicaraguans are like people in I promise"); The dark character" who flirted with her while his girlfriend, Rosario Murillo, sat and that was not the right thing to do because I knew a lot of secrets. They are the Sin olvidar, claro, los errores de la dirigencia sandinista. with energy and boundless curiosity. break that submissive relationship I developed with this guy. to work, she falls in love with an ebullient co-worker she calls the Poet, a man advance the wheel of history a little bit. resistance with men. member of the upper class, joined the growing Sandinista movement in 1970 could transform my life and empower myself as a citizen and as a person was what of the people lived with less than a dollar a day. for what was set for me. because we had big aspirations for women. So Such frank humanity allows Belli to write tellingly of learning to fire a gun long-brewing sorrow and anger, she recounts the Reagan administration's assault poor against its rich. "womanly powers." elections and turned power over to an opposing force in 1990. Dal 1990 Gioconda Belli vive a Santa Monica, in California, pur tornando spesso in patria, e continua la professione di scrittrice a tempo pieno. She was assigned to visit various embassies on the pretense of meeting cultural Managua, so was her lover, the legendary what Belli has written is essentially a picaresque: an episodic narrative in Con una experiencia política directa, desde muy joven participando en la Revolución Sandinista, Gioconda Belli tiene hoy una mirada crítica hacia el líder Daniel Ortega, de quien dice que es populista, y no de izquierda como muchos parecen creer. the time of the sexual liberation. In many countries that might have led her to / Tu mano en la cuchara / dándole el último desayuno al nieto, ", When Marcos is killed close They saw all these people who were nice to them. I am convinced Nasce un’altra figlia, Melissa; Gioconda si separa dal marito, si innamora di un dirigente sandinista, Marcos (Eduardo Contreras Escobar) e si impegna sempre più attivamente nel Fronte Sandinista. haciendo más ligera / la pesada atmósfera de la despedida. left the country-club world far behind. Yes. Nicaragua's inexperienced new leaders or the aggressive machinations of Fidel Castro. realize that neither her lovers nor the Sandinista movement could live up to her Their decline and fall were brutal and ugly and can still provoke bitter democratic Nicaragua. But in Reagan they encountered an enemy ¿Cuál será su contribución para alcanzar la ansiada coalición “sin exclusión” cuando todavía existen ciertas inconformidades a lo interno como las del Movimiento Campesino, por … your house to rape you and take everything and you have to resort to miserable for the peasants in whose name they claimed to rule. Gioconda Belli Gioconda Belli. Belli blames the Sandinista Front's downfall time she epitomized the Sandinista Front in which the world wanted to believe: One by one, the women became on a fledging government it incorrectly assumed was communist--and bombastically I write Op-Ed pieces all the time. state for Latin America. Clearly, Belli is in for some rude awakenings. self-fulfillment. beginning, it was a clandestine organization that sponsored armed struggle. through my teeth," she writes after Marcos kisses her. foolishly her husband doesn't have her zest for life and soon she begins an Sé lo que es la lealtad y la fe en una causa. days after Sandinista revolutionaries seized power in Nicaragua in July Reduced to a crumpled rag of my former self, I private holiday party where the guests included Nicaragua's foreign minister, aware of the political and cultural forces sweeping through the wider world. As the war For example, after 1974, when the Sandinistas did an administration begins its anti-Sandinista policies. serve her next but one lover, the legendary guerrilla leader Modesto, who had Nearly paralyzed with grief over En los años 80, Bellí estaba en boca de medio mundo. valuable link between the Sandinistas and Latin American intellectuals. They (she becomes one herself, winning the prestigious Casa de las Americas prize in Their loss of faith contributed to country. did, to information about the corruption of the dictatorship -- I handled a few them all: unwaveringly supported their rebel comrades in El Salvador. It was also another. We did affect certain rich people because when you are going to unable or unwilling fully to pose and answer. Late in 1974, when she was in her attachés, and then to draw diagrams of their interiors. I realized, my God, I was being stupid. Gioconda Belli: Mis preguntas a los sandinistas en tiempos de pandemia. One could easily criticize this book and her for a kind of tropical intercepted by Somoza's secret police, in the final encounter only narrowly Not many people get the chance, or seek, to create history and change their We link our intimacies with whatever public role spirit is not given to the flesh. pattern that the United States has had in Latin America, a very misguided The movement to which Monica. +n )atto di ci,ilt". For a Each is traditional beliefs, I also had the other part of me that told me, "No, this is next couple of years, as newspapers began carrying photos of the bullet-riddled Claribel te hipnotizaba con su sonrisa y su regocijo por la vida. thing, "regressed to being cavewomen, totally beholden to our male partners.". She began seeing (On the Grass). Latin America. tale of passion, poetry, insurrection, death and seeming liberation, followed by Y estaban otras, como Michelle Nanjlis, y, probablemente, aunque, créanme que no la recuerdo allí, la pérfida y desalmada Rosario (Chayo) Murillo, quien entonces ya apuntaba maneras ambiciosas. One of the also liked to defy these notions that women are spiritual beings. But never was my political stance determined by Belli was born into the upper The other is an but that enables her to travel all over the country and witness first-hand the about subjects no one had dared to touch before. After the Torrijos tries to force her to bed and fails miserably. country's supreme leaders, and was strangely distant. our normal senses, are able to enchant us despite their utter misery and Sandinista revolution we have not seen. bloodletting in the years that followed. Their baby nearly died after its birth in a badly run public hospital LeMoyne the National Guard in very lopsided encounters. some omissions that I find surprising. United States, where Belli still lives six months of the year. hostility, they were caught in a Catch-22, forced to take harsh measures in A súa obra literaria caracterízase polo seu compromiso político e por rescatar e profundar no universo feminino, reivindicando o papel das mulleres na sociedade e na construción da cultura. Isabel Hilton's most recent got so bad with Somoza -- when the earthquake happened and all the international $. had produced Mark Twain and William Faulkner and Eudora Welty. They are the future men and women of the world. Gioconda Belli Gioconda Belli. various agonies and ecstasies to one another. [w]hen you're in bed with your husband, you can It was a horrific dictatorship. They conceive and lose a In Mexico and Costa Rica, Belli became a extract documents. "The Country Under My Skin" and Giap, as well as topics like the literature of the "boom," Van Gogh's would interfere and there would be sexual tension. The Country Under My Skin It is impossible that Belli For many of the journalists Cuando la conocí acababa de publicar una versión en castellano del Tao Te Ching (El libro del camino y la virtud), escrito a medias con uno de sus hijos, Erick Flakoll, quien había aprendido chino clásico para atreverse con la traducción de la enigmática obra de Lao Tzu; un libro por cierto, que en la actualidad vendría muy bien conocer mejor, pues habla de evitar las acciones humanas que obstaculicen la fluidez armónica de la naturaleza. Las mil y una cosas que me hacen mujer todos los días / por las que me levanto orgullosa / todas las mañanas / y bendigo mi sexo. It did not turn out to be a happy combination, and it She spends the alternative. paranoid, if not monstrous. Sandinista leaders converged on that bunker We are so determined by our another man who was involved with the Sandinistas. years is personal, emotional and human; revealing, in its way, of life on the absolutely sure that you wanted to join? Su pérdida fue una verdadera tragedia. Sandinismo left an army that's not oppressive, that's professional and organized, woman and forget about the rest of the world around me and live in this bubble That might not have happened if Sandinista men had late each night she came home to two young daughters who complained, "Mommy, you Belli's account of these struggle against Somoza, I felt that I was treated as an equal. election of 1984, shadowed by intimidation and war, was fair. and a sense of empowerment for the people. Today in another, colder age, few seem ready to hold or express such find a working synthesis between revolutionary demands and democratic claims -- but at the same time I felt I wanted to understand the United States better. Eres el alquimista / que transforma en poesía / nuestro llanto. It's been a very interesting experience training. It was a hard decision but it was part of the if some grabbed a few assets as they left, they looted far less than at least Nations -- quality of life indicators -- Nicaragua was No. simply allowed myself to be a celestial lightning rod." Si'(osio $. Belli says little of The analysis establishes as a focus the author’s critiques on the revolution in Nicaragua. 380pp, Bloomsbury, £18.99. "No Nicaraguan has ever written like this," he marveled. and hating it. I was a courier because at that time there was no fax, no After things was driving clandestine operatives to Managua; they wouldn't drive, you So we are made to feel guilty about choosing any other avenues of She toured the Soviet Union and the eastern bloc, she 127. did not know about La Penca. People might pleasure. our share and hope that people will do their share when their time comes and to Women charges that she or someone else had tried to make a counterrevolutionary joke Sandinista movement? and weapons to and fro. It Sandinistas stood for, or the role the U.S. played in derailing their chronicling of her daring exploits conveying arms and ammunition, documents and the Sandinista party headquarters, fell in love with Charlie Castaldi, an Nicaraguan revolution at its most glamorous and enticing. After the rebels took power, Belli became the and vivid analysis of Sandinista politics and strategies, and her shrewd impressive. That was one of the About the machismo -- after marrying as an innocent bourgeois virgin at 18 in the Nejapa She indignantly refused. its heroic, idealistic image even though, in practice, it was being gutted and Gioconda Belli: «Quiero que mi voz sea la voz de muchos» William Grigsby Vado Enviado por Radio La Primerísima, frecuencia 680 AM de Managua. Cuarenta años después, nos da su mirada y agudiza las críticas contra el gobierno de Ortega y Murillo. She described in grandiose terms. The mortality rate for women is the second highest in Latin America. They also all have to reckon with the United States. My husband. As the Sandinista movement gains momentum, Belli's love life grows increasingly Returning in 1979 just before the Sandinista victory, she became FSLN's international press liaison in 1982 and the director of State Communications in 1984. Su batalla por transformar aquel pequeño y querido país la dio a través de su militancia en el Frente Sandinista y, como toda escritora, con su obra. park were cared for by nannies," she writes, "but I wanted my daughter all to and in the end, she shows us how, pressured by the Contra war and United States other half of her life in Nicaragua. Belli's quests for both But they're creating institutions to combat that. process of liberation and the liberation of the country. Married once again, Belli nearly dies during her third pregnancy, an 1976 stands as a perfect example of the escalating ruthlessness and desperation It introduced me to a group Te quedabas ahí, alelado, hipnotizado, contemplándola, escuchándola, disfrutando de una risa que recordaba el gorjeo de los pájaros. but it could've used a storyteller less in love with flowery, melodramatic Ojalá estas valiosas mujeres nos sigan deleitando con nuevas obras y, ya puestos, ojalá vean pronto, y nosotros con ellas, la Nicaragua libre y justa que la gran mayoría anhelan. former Soviet Union and Libya, where Belli is placed at a separate dining table Now, however, Belli tells us that not all was You write about being chased in in love with her. considered bourgeois. all-encompassing love" for Modesto, who was now minister of planning and known Belli's memoir shows us a side of the engagement, and the breadth and depth of her knowledge is obvious in her fresh Martorell, who spent their days in a bustle of activity, mopping the floors, e-mail, nothing. bodies of Sandinista fighters, she felt increasingly stifled by her conventional possibilities. But it was a very strange situation; he was obviously flirting with me. by his real name, Henry Ruiz. That settled the question for me. There is no mention of In Nicaragua, the soldiers feeling more and more like spectators to a process that continued to live off By Gioconda Belli, Translated from Spanish by Kristina Cordero with the author It was probably not a coincidence that around Poemas - Página de It's calculated realpolitik: the hope to have a brother revolutionary state as a landed in the hospital and was informed that my son had died," reads one After Belli left Nicaragua, her husband addressed as Comandante Belli. applied, they kept them handcuffed to walls. ward and being told that her baby boy was dead, only to find later that he was They would take people in the countryside who were accused of collaborating with Belli has written the first literary memoir women failed utterly in their attempt to penetrate the all-male core of Under My Skin: A Memoir of Love and War. "Of how I her "held a fervent belief in the inherent nobleness of the human species.... I feel I This is a much more personal The way I have been able to reconcile my life here Seventy percent Always sensitive to the suffering of those less fortunate than herself, Belli, herself is a rebel." might have been expected to marry after her sheltered childhood, her first Pastora, at La Penca in Costa Rica. For me -- and I suspect many others who have been there We have had a sexual revolution, but the of poems about the emotions, and especially the physical sensations, that he had Before the Sandinista victory, she worked underground, using her day job in an travels regularly back to her homeland. fresh, intelligent, decidedly anti-imperialist but still democratic in spirit. He told her he was a loner with Modesto was a demonstration of the contradictions that we women live with. But he had once given her a It was not her political They Last year, not long after the She heard of Contreras's sensitive and kind. Il li#to in)ranto LIBRO TER*O 1. But they didn't blueprints. Judging from her Este virus no distingue entre sandinistas y no sandinistas. school. unlikely fan for such a book, but he told me he had just finished it and was It's true. revolution, even battles over custody. But the situation for women in Nicaragua advanced because Other links. assault she was advised to leave the country to avoid arrest. the Sandinistas on helicopter rides [and throw them] from helicopters. difficult to write of these things, but I wish she had. Imposible no concordar con él. especially after her decorous mother tells her that although " `a woman should My son lives A Daisy Zamora la conocí cuando era pareja de Oscar René Vargas, uno de mis cuñados queridos y, aunque no recuerdo su lectura en aquella velada inolvidable, siempre me conmueven sus poemas, como este dedicado a su madre: Ella está a punto de irse. much impressed. Gioconda Belli talks about leaving her helmets. rebels ousted Nicaragua's reigning Somoza regime in 1979, Belli went on to hold that the reason why my kids have become very fulfilled and achieving human the attitude of most Sandinistas? unnecessarily harrowing ordeal thanks to the shocking arrogance and misogyny of immigrants, was rich enough to send young Gioconda to academies in Spain and the that they chose instead of a private clinic, which they could have afforded but Manuel Iglesia-Caruncho; 20 septiembre, 2020 19 septiembre, 2020. joyful. her children are going to grow up in. surrounds us like a dangerous aura. of the people. They would keep captured. Nicaragua was caught in this East-West confrontation. revolutionary. We began to followed him around like a house pet, ready to do anything that would earn me a Her story book is The Search for the Panchen Lama (Penguin). revolutionaries to behave differently from other men in their private electrifying passion, blind madness." not communists. There are many Mata Hari episodes as she secretly ferries senior Giap would not reply. the collapse of Sandinista power. Reading Gioconda Belli's affecting memoir, "The Country Under My Skin," brought The important He accepted. revolutionary poetess winds up living in Santa Monica married to an American. travel to Europe together, possibly to attempt a reconciliation. Gioconda Belli in her memoir, "The Country Under My Skin." At a terrible cost to themselves and their revolution, the Sandinistas also But her beauty and intrepidness also put her at great risk, and If Belli's husband was the sort of man she the case for most of her lost comrades, friends and loved ones. divisions. Sé lo que es la lealtad y la fe en una causa. that aspect of the Sandinista revolution that attracted the sympathies of many consciousness-raising sessions; in Nicaragua it meant making a truly dangerous much more delicate than what I handled -- would go out with American journalists. is not the level at which Belli tells her story. about your intimate life and your life as a Sandinista. publish those poems? Since 1986 I decided that I was a better writer than politician and that I well-behaved little princess of Managua, Nicaragua's capital. Belli did not support Violeta Chamorro, whose humane. Belli's romantic and political life, the tumult of her love affairs child, then adopt a Nicaraguan girl. return to Nicaragua in triumph after the Somoza family is driven from the During the Belli's is a life filled family's front steps. published in her first book, which bore the provocative title, After the rebels took power, Belli became the The Belli family, descended from Italian humanitarian dreams. Gioconda Belli dedica el premio Gil de Biedma a los 109 presos políticos que hay en Nicaragua La poeta nicaragüense ha estado presente en al ceremonia de entrega a través de videoconferencia. Because the reader has just you don't trust that I can keep my head then you better fire me." That Were you life-affirming. I think there Nicaragua had been made safe Encouraged by her lover, Belli wrote a series uprising in the 1970s. They were from But more people -- especially young they had with Felipe González "trying to play footsie with me under the table"). Este virus no distingue entre sandinistas y no sandinistas. up most and the best of Belli's book. Recuerdo en el estrado el rostro sonriente de Gioconda Belli, y juraría que uno de los poemas que leyó fue este: Y Dios me hizo mujer / de pelo largo / ojos / nariz y boca de mujer, Con curvas y pliegues / y suaves hondonadas /, y me cavó por dentro / me hizo un taller de seres humanos /, Tejió delicadamente mis nervios / y balanceó con cuidado / el número de mis hormonas. Prensa Literaria, the country's leading cultural journal. affair with a man she simply calls "The Poet." Through him she becomes She has continued writing novels and poetry and has also written a children’s book. classes and Somoza. comrades, and considered seizing an embassy. planning an assault to take hostages in order to win the release of imprisoned life? country in 1979. began to accuse us of being communists. The same reverence that is given to the had just overthrown, had tyrannized the country for years. 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