Giaconda Bello Pereira
“The woman who rebels, reveals herself” proclaimed José Coronel Urtecho about Gioconda Belli in her first poems. In this new work, between autobiography, essay and anthology, Belli says that he was right and reveals herself to us as the woman who fought all oppressions: she joined the FSLN's fight against Somoza’s dictatorship and she revealed, from her body and hersensuality, through poetry, as a woman in front of machismo. All her personal life and literary career is reflected in Rebellions and revelations, because, as Laura Mintegi affirms in the preface to this edition, “nobody has really analyzed who Gioconda Belli is like she does. And she has done it in the most feminine way that can be conceived: thinking through her affections and her intuitions. Because female literature is that, writing from what she is, from being a woman”. A deep and merciless introspection of her woman being.
Gioconda Belli is a Nicaraguan poet, writer and political activist. She was involved in the Nicaraguan Revolution and occupied important positions in the Sandinista Party and in the revolutionary government. She left the Sandinista Party in 1993. She won the Casa de las Americas Prize in 1978 for her poetry book Line of fire, and the prize for the Best Political Novel of the Year in Germany in 1989 for her novel The Inhabited Woman. Her work has been translated into twenty languages. Three of her novels are translated into English: The Inhabited Woman, The Scroll of Seduction and Infinity in the Palm of Her Hand, a book of her poetry: From Eve’s Rib is also available in English. In Spanish, she has published eight poetry books and eight novels, plus a memoir, a book of essays and four children's books. Her memoir The Country under my skin was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in 2001 and selected as one of the best books of the year by the same newspaper. In 2008, she won one of the most prestigious Spanish prizes, the Biblioteca Breve for her novel Infinity in the Palm of her hand. For this novel, she also received the Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz prize from the Guadalajara Book Fair in Mexico. In 2010 she was awarded the Latin American prize, “La Otra Orilla” for her novel El País de las Mujeres ("Women land"). Her last work is Rebeliones y revelaciones. PEN Germany recently awarded her the Hermann Kesten Prize for her defense of freedom of the press and her role as a women’s advocate. She is President of PEN International, Nicaragua, a member of the Spanish Royal Academy of Letters and Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres of France.
“La mujer que se rebela, se revela” proclamó José Coronel Urtecho de Gioconda Belli en su primer poemario. En esta nueva obra, a caballo entre la autobiografía, el ensayo y la antología, Belli le da la razón y se nos revela como la mujer que se enfrentó a todas las opresiones: se unió a la lucha del FSLN contra la dictadura somocista y se reveló, desde su cuerpo y su sensualidad, a través de la poesía, como mujer frente al machismo. Toda su trayectoria vital y literaria queda recogida en Rebeliones y revelaciones, porque, como afirma Laura Mintegi en el prefacio de esta edición, “nadie como ella ha analizado realmente quién es Gioconda Belli. Y lo ha hecho de la manera más femenina que se puede concebir: pensando a través de sus afectos y de sus intuiciones. Porque la literatura femenina es eso, escribir desde lo que se es, desde el hecho de ser mujer”. Una introspección profunda e inmisericorde de su ser mujer.