By Isabel Allende

Veintitrés relatos de amor y violencia secretamente entrelazados por un fino hilo narrativo y un rico lenguaje que recrea azarosas peripecias en un mundo exuberante y voluptuoso.

Una niña solitaria se enamora del amante de su madre y practica misteriosas ceremonias rituales; una mujer permanece medio siglo encerrada en un sótano, víctima de un caudillo celoso; en el fragor de una batalla, un hombre viola a una muchacha y mata a su padre... Éstas son algunas de las historias reunidas en este volumen, que recupera con pulso vibrante los inolvidables protagonistas de l. a. novela Eva Luna: Rolf Carlé, los angeles maestra Inés, el Benefactor...

«Estos cuentos son delicados, sus imágenes parecen poesía. Y, como l. a. poesía, esta prosa requiere l. a. más cuidadosa atención.»
Barbara Kingsolver, The long island occasions ebook Review

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More doctors than saloons-half the town must be sick most of the time. ' " "That could be the one," she admitted. "What are we waiting for? " he said defensively. " "Huh? What do you mean? " "I don't know. I'd just like to forget all about our Mr. " "But there's no harm in this, bright eyes. , I'll take the el. " "If you insist on going, we'll both take the el. " He pulled at his lip. "Maybe you're right. We don't know where Hoag is. If you prefer it-" "I certainly do. " "Yeah, I guess so. " She brushed it away.

Wisely, she decided not to argue it with him just then-they had been married quite some time. At her request they went home instead of back to the office. "I don't feel up to it. Teddy. " he asked anxiously. " She napped most of the afternoon. The tonic, she reflected, that Dr. Potbury had given her did not seem to have done her any good-left her dizzy, if anything, and with a furry taste in her mouth. Randall let her sleep. He fiddled around the apartment for a few minutes, set up his dart board and tried to develop an underhand shot, then desisted when it occurred to him that it might wake Cynthia.

The telephone rang. It startled him almost out of rational response. He and his sorrow had been sitting there watching for so long that he was hardly aware that there could be anything else in the world. But he pulled himself together and answered it. "Hello? " "Mr. " "Owe me what? " "Why, this is Jonathan Hoag, Mr. Randall. When you-" VII "Hoag! " "Yes, Mr. Randall. I want to apologize for my peremptory manner yesterday morning and to beg your indulgence. I trust that Mrs. Randall was not upset by my- By this time Randall was sufficiently recovered from his first surprise to express himself.

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