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Ideas do not belong to anyone They fly around up there like the angels Neither Colombia nor Gabriel Garc a M rquez need any lengthy introduction One of the most fascinating countries of our planet, beautiful, mystical, haunting A land of tales, magic and lively people A writer who is rightfully considered one of the finest in the history of Literature, a magician of words, an artist who elevated the novella genre and became one of the pioneers of Magical Realism Of Love and Other Demons is my favourite work by M rquez and the one which initiated me into the beauty of his writing and started my fascination with Colombia This was the moment to revisit it one time A wild dog attacks the people in the market of Cartagena All those who were bitten die of rabies with the exception of Sierva Maria, the daughter of the Marquis, who shows no sign of decline Soon, strange incidents begin to take place in the city, attributed to the girl When the plague starts, the Church takes an interest and begins to investigate whether Maria is actually possessed by demons Cayetano, a gifted young priest, is assigned to her case and he comes to understand that the Devil is actually pretty weak when compared to two great forces the madness of the human beings and Love A kind of love that must survive the attack of the demons who are very much alive, walking on this miserable earthFurther, a pig spoke and a goat gave birth to triplets M rquez presents a society that is steeped in superstition and sees evil and signs of doom everywhere The disease of rabies has always been loaded with myths and otherworldly references As it is transmitted by animal bites, it has been associated with creatures from all fantasy spectrums, from werewolves and vampires to the Devil himself Further, the psychological implications of the virus and the way in which victims were dying helped in elevating rabies to the sphere of the metaphysical and the unexplainable M rquez used these myths to perfection in this novella The atmosphere of magic and exoticism is further emphasized by the setting of the story The port is ripe with commerce, slavery is still going strong These factors comprise a multicultural society, an amalgam of ethnicities, languages, religions and common beliefs M rquez uses the side effects of class discrimination and the variety of tradition to demonstrate the power of convictions on the thoughts and the life of the people Religion can be seen either as a refuge or as an excuse to exert power on the helpless A Bishop who would like to show how open minded he is when he only aims at imposing his beliefs on everyone An Abbess that cannot see in front of her nose, serving the malicious fundamentalism of the monasteries And a priest that tries to fight against madness to save a girl who moves between two worlds, a presence full of secrets and contradictions What is she What truly happened Through sensuality, folklore and raw realism, M rquez creates a colourful tapestry of themes and beliefs, with a vivid cast of characters Maria and Cayetano are two protagonists that left their mark on M rquez s work, in a story that is visceral and beautiful, powerful and tragic A fable, an exotic allegory that shows how human beings can do the worst evil imaginable Not any demon, not any devil but men Men that destroy all that is pure and good and strange by condemning it as unnatural and vileI have always believed He attributes importance to love than to faith My reviews can also be found on von der Liebe und anderen Damonen Del amory otros demonios Del amar y otros demonios of love and other demons , Gabriel Garc a M rquez 2004 1374 208 20 1374 188 1378 184 9645535050 1379 218 9649021744 1393 232 9789647196505. This book starts off very slowly and almost slyly, as if someone has started telling a long winded story and you re really not paying attention, and then, halfway through the story you realize that you re hanging onto every word If Garcia Marquez explored the metaphor or love as a disease in Love in the Time of Cholera , then here he centers his story around the metaphor of love as madness and demonic possession I think the metaphor actually works better than the cholera one This book feels much simpler than Love Cholera or 100 Years of Solitude , but it s not that s just Garcia Marquez s mastery of writing working for you His writing is so exquisite that it appears effortless, and it feels effortless to read Also, this book focuses on one incident during a very short period of time and therefore reads very differently than Garcia Marquez s famous extensive sagas I think this form shows off his writing even One of the other reasons why I particularly liked this book is that I actually liked the main male character, Cayetano Delaura There s something very sincere and genuine about him I highly recommend this book it s not a long read, and it s a very enjoyable one. Gabriel Garc a M rquez es uno de esos escritores bendecidos por el arte de narrar historias como los dioses A lo largo de su vasta carrera literaria supo abrirse a paso firme su camino glorioso en la literatura, recibi el premio Nobel en 1982 y se instal entre los mejores autores que nos dio el siglo XX Todas sus novelas en general reflejan su maestr a nica, su impronta inequ voca y son le das por gente de todo el mundo.Y fue adem s a partir de Cien a os de soledad que su fama se transform en algo eterno Hoy en d a decir Garc a M rquez es lo mismo que nombrar a cualquier escritor laureado sea del pa s que sea Se gan su bien merecido lugar entre los mejores.Pero adem s, debemos reconocer que no hay lector en el mundo que no asocie al gran Gabriel Garc a M rquez con el realismo m gico Independientemente de que algunos puristas consideren que otros escritores se le anticiparon en la invenci n del g nero el caso de Juan Rulfo es el m s emblem tico , es en l donde m s podemos experimentar esa maravilla que nos aporta el realismo m gico.Y obviamente este libro, Del amor y otros demonios no iba a ser la excepci n Es digno de destacar tambi n la inventiva de Garc a M rquez para pertrechar una historia como la de Sierva Mar a de Todos los ngeles Pero adem s de los elementos del realismo en cuesti n hay en esta novela una historia de amor, otra de poder, una tercera de fe por nombrar algunas y todas ellas entrelazadas por los personajes que las viven.Casi de una manera similar a Cr nica de una muerte anunciada , cada uno de los personajes tiene su propia historia y as , nos vamos enterando de lo que le sucede al marqu s de Casalduero, Ygnacio Alfaro y Due as, padre de Sierva Mar a, o de lo que viven otros personajes como Bernarda Cabrera, su esposa, los avatares del sacerdote Cayetano Delaura, que muere de amor por Sierva Maria, los oscuros pasajes que leemos del obispo don Toribio C ceres, la ponz a y perfidia de una de las villanas de la novela, me refiero a la abadesa del convento de Santa Clara, Josefa Miranda y de otros personajes secundarios como la negra Dominga de Adviento y una monja presa en el convento, Martina Laborde Todo, absolutamente todo, gira alrededor de Sierva Mar a quien luego de ser mordida por un perro es sospechada de haber contra do la rabia y de ah , luego de las peores sospechas de creerse que est pose da por demonios A partir de all y de la reclusi n en el convento por imposici n de su padre el marqu s se desarrollar la trama del libro hasta el final.Otro aspecto notable de realismo m gico en Sierva Mar a es su largu sima cabellera color cobre de veintid s metros y once cent metros, algo que Garc a M rquez vio personalmente cubriendo una nota para el peri dico en el que trabajaba y que le dio origen a este libro Tambi n de que Sierva Mar a vive con los esclavos negros, comparte sus costumbres y aprende sus idiomas Ella no es una ni a cualquiera, es un ser humano extraordinario que nadie comprender y su entrada en el convento de Santa Clara generar los sentimientos m s encontrados.Algunos pasajes de este libro son realmente maravillosos y es en ellos en donde el realismo m gico explota con mil colores, como en este casoLa vida no les dio tiempo Un 9 de noviembre estaban tocando a d o bajo los naranjos, porque el aire era puro y el cielo alto y sin nubes, cuando un rel mpago los ceg , un estampido s smico los sac de quicio, y do a Olalla cay fulminada por la centella La ciudad sobrecogida interpret la tragedia como una deflagraci n de la c lera divina por una culpa inconfesable El marqu s orden funerales de reina, en los cuales se mostr por primera vez con los tafetanes negros y la color macilenta que hab a de llevar hasta siempre Al regreso del cementerio lo sorprendi una nevada de palomitas de papel sobre los naranjos del huerto Atrap una al azar, la deshizo, y ley Ese rayo era m o O este otro que marqu y que identifico como digno de la belleza narrativa propia de GaboA Delaura, en cambio, lo nico que le llam la atenci n fue el alboroto de los gallos No son sino seis pero cantan como ciento , dijo la abadesa Adem s, un cerdo habl y una cabra pari trillizos Y agreg con ah nco Todo anda as desde que su obispo nos hizo el favor de mandarnos este regalo emponzo ado Igual alarma le causaba el jard n florecido con tanto mpetu que parec a contra natura A medida que lo atravesaban le hac a notar a Delaura que hab a flores de tama os y colores irreales, y algunas de olores insoportables Estos son s lo dos extractos de los tantos que posee el libro y que demuestran por qu Gabriel Garc a M rquez, lo m s maravilloso que nos regal la literatura de Colombia y que a m me sigue sorprendiendo con cada libro que leo de l Qu bien que escribe Gabo For you was I born, for you do I have life, for you will I die, for you am I now dyingGabriel Garc a M rquez claims in the prologue that he had been told by his grandmother of a legend ofa little twelve year old marquise with hair that trailed behind her like a bridal trainwho contracts rabies This girl was an alleged miracle worker Years later, when Garc a M rquez was confronted with the tomb of a similar girl whose copper colored hair measured twenty two meters, he decided to write this novel.I really enjoyed this one in particular This maybe due to the fact that it is built in dramatic style of classic romance novels and despite the usual graphic scenes of mistreatment and torture as portrayed in some other Garc a M rquez works, the book has a very classic gothic romance feel to it, reminiscent of Romeo and Juliet.Caution A trigger warning for torture and pedophilia. . |Ebook ☦ Del amor y otros demonios ☹ On Her Twelfth Birthday, Sierva Maria, The Only Child Of A Decaying Noble Family In An Eighteenth Century South American Seaport, Is Bitten By A Rabid Dog Believed To Be Possessed, She Is Brought To A Convent For Observation And Into Her Cell Stumbles Father Cayetano Delaura, Who Has Already Dreamed About A Girl With Hair Trailing After Her Like A Bridal Train As He Tends To Her With Holy Water And Sacramental Oils, Delaura Feels Something Shocking Begin To Occur He Has Fallen In Love, And It Isn T Long Until Sierva Maria Joins Him In His Fevered Misery Unsettling And Indelible, Of Love And Other Demons Is An Evocative, Majestic Tale Of The Most Universal Experiences Known To Woman And Man Espa ol English Sierva Mar a de Todos los ngeles fu mordida por un perro con rabia Cuando se lo informaron a su padre no hab a nada que hacer y pronto morir a.La ni a enferm y le daban muchas fiebres por lo que se pens que estaba pose da por un demonio y el obispo recomend llevarla al convento de Santa Clara para que fuera exorcizada.El obispo encarg a el padre Cayetano Delaura, que se hiciera cargo de los exorcismos de la ni a, pero termin obsesionado con ella y el obispo le retir el cargo y lo mand a cuidar leprosos A pesar de eso, Sierva Mar a y Cayetano se ve an todas las noches a escondidas en el convento y se enamoraron locamente envueltos en un xtasis indescriptible.Cayetano y Sierva Mar a siguieron vi ndose a escondidas hasta que las monjas lo descubrieron y enviaron a Cayetano a cuidar leprosos el resto de su vida Sierva Mar a nunca supo por qu Cayetano nunca volvi y fue exorcizada por el obispo, quien le cort su larga cabellera y la mantuvo encerrada porque los indicios de posesi n demon aca no hicieron sino aumentar Sierva Mar a dej de comer y muri , siempre pregunt ndose por qu Cayetano nunca regres Mary was bitten by a dog with rage When they informed his father there was nothing to do and she would soon die.The girl became ill and was very ill because of what was thought to be possessed by a demon and the bishop recommended taking her to the convent of Santa Clara to be exorcised.The bishop ordered Father Cayetano Delaura to take charge of the exorcisms of the girl, but he ended up obsessed with her and the bishop removed him from convent and sent him to care for lepers In spite of that, Maria and Cayetano were seen every night secretly in the convent and they fell madly in love wrapped in an indescribable ecstasy.Cayetano and Mary continued to see each other secretly until the nuns discovered and sent Cayetano to take care of the lepers for the rest of his life Mary never knew why Cayetano never returned and was exorcised by the bishop, who cut her long hair and kept her locked because the signs of demonic possession only increased.Mary stopped eating and died, always wondering why Cayetano never returned. Instead of writing a review by jotting down my bleak understanding of the glorious book by Gabo I thought of weaving a little tale based on it and using the characters along with the principle symbolism in the book Disbelief is resistant than faith because it is sustained by the senses As always I,Father Delaura lost focus and stumbled on my way to the Bishop s room where I was invited to witness an eclipse In the cloistered silence I found the bishop in a pensive mood holding a smoked glass in his hand for looking at the sun I wanted to tell him I have fallen for the possessed girl I was supposed to exorcise I wanted to shriek at him, implore him, beg at his feet to condone my misgivings on faith in spite of being an eminent priest and a renowned Father and a dutiful librarian But I couldn t come to terms with my own imbecility and indecision The sun has always been the sigil of a pristine presence, a God,an indomitable focus of energy The Bishop could see the eclipse through the smoked glass and said that wherever he looked he could still the see the eclipse His faith in God was undoubted and his arguments supporting his faith were insurmountable He always came up with the most cleverest and undeterred of arguments favouring his position He had faith, he had focus, he closed one of his eyes and through the smoked glass could relish the sight of the Eclipse He requested me to look at the eclipse but with focus and using only one of eyes as the eclipse will go away in a few hours In my state of perpetual distraction I looked at the eclipse with both my eyes without using the smoked glass and ended up nearly burning my retinas in the process I covered my afflicted eye with a dark patch I tried telling the Bishop of my doubts regarding the satanic possession of the girl and maybe rabies was the true reason behind the girl s instability and the girl should be left in the deft hands of doctors or physicians to come up with a cure As we proceeded with the discussion,I tried to reason with him but he came up with an invincible ambiguity which left me perplexed than defeated We cannot intervene in the rotation of the earth, said Delaura But we could be unaware of it so that it does not cause us grief, said the Bishop More than faith, what Galileo lacked was a heart I left the Bishop s room unconvinced I had always loved reading books ranging from the religious ones in Latin to the forbidden books of chivalry until one day I was deprived of my decrepit copy of Amadis of Gaul and was coerced to devote my absolute faith in God rather than immersing myself in frivolities of chivalry Mustering my aspirations to save the girl, I went to the physician who was the first person outside the immediate noble family of the Marquis who was made aware of the Girl s instability ,which as his scientific capacity of a doctor would decree, said that the dog bite might be the the cause of the Girl s distress The physician,a man of scholarly disposition with a chaotic and a dubious past invited me in devoid of any apprehension He was not a bit disconcerted to allow a man of religion to enter his house I was fascinated with the amount of books on his shelves I was impressed by his Latin speaking skills and he showed me the forbidden book I was deprived of in my younger days the four volumes of Amadis of Gaul I gave a glance of awe over the precious edition and I could feel my other half of my being, my sunburnt eye plunging into the throes of ephemeral recuperation He removed the patch and tossed it in the thrash bin The only thing wrong with that eye is that it sees than it ought too, he said.We discussed about books and scientific things which were deemed prohibited and leaned over the line of heresy I shared my heartfelt concern of the affected Girl with the physician I inadvertently confessed my love for her I was ready to accept science as the only mechanism of curing the Girl It would be you and I against everyone else, he Delaura said Which is why I was surprised that you came, said the physician I am no than hunted prey in the game preserve of the Holy Office The truth is I am not really sure why I have come, said Delaura Unless that child has been imposed on me by the Holy pirit to test the strength of my faith I thanked the physician for his medical help and for the eye wash and returned to my room I was left alone with my chaotic conscience I was enmeshed with an unconquerable quandary, an eternal paradox of religion and science my pair of eyes which helped me visualize and drink in the beauty of the world in tandem yet I was made to choose between the two in order to save the girl I loved I lacked focus in science, held a wavering devotion towards God It was written in the destiny of the Girl and in our fate of wishful togetherness that she would be saved only by one of the two,as seen through one of my eyes The Girl was everything to me, the love of my life, the burning sensation in my loins, the apple of my eye and the Indomitable Sun My cravings drove me back and forth between the erudition of the Physician and the unflinching faith of the Bishop I was lost in distraction in the whirlpool of the eternal question Science or God Rabies or Demonic possession Maybe the demon really possessed her or maybe she really had rabies Distraught and vexed I tried looking at the Sun, I tried to savour the beauty of the eclipse with both my eyes gifted by God and backed by science, then I heard the ululating chants of Vade Retro beating mercilessly on my ear drums, I felt the whirlpool taking me along it s dreadful path as the sun seared my eyes with a betrayed pain of faith and the treacherous agony of science. This was not the first book of Marquez s that I have read I read Love in the Time of Cholera when I was in my late teens I found it so utterly surreal and unlike anything I had ever experienced before I wasn t sure if I liked it, precisely, but I knew that I wanted I was gripped by it, possessed by it, which was not quite the same experience as liking a novel, exactly.The next one I picked up after that was this one Of Love and Other Demons I can safely say that I felt the same way about this one, but with a deeper familiarity that allowed me to experience it on a deeper level than the first I feel like I am suspended in space while reading his novels, in some world where standards and morality and interpretation don t really matter all that much It is deeply enchanting As magical realism, it succeeds brilliantly The subject matter is rather heavy, but I didn t feel heavy while reading this in the slightest It takes a special writer to produce that effect, in my opinion The prose is, obviously, beautiful enough to induce that It s also unexpected, surprising, but I accepted it It didn t jar me out the way it would have in another book.I should re read this soon, now that I think about it.