The Scroll of Seduction: A Novel of Power, Madness, and Royalty

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On an outing from her boarding school, young Lucia meets Manuel--art historian and exquisite storyteller--who shares with her the tale of one of history's most tumultuous loves: Queen Juana of Castile's legendary devotion to her husband, Prince Philippe the Handsome. Embracing a union thrust upon her by political necessity, Juana responds with all the passionate abandon inherent in her fiery nature--and is forced to pay a high price for her honest sensuality. For there are those at the Renaissance court who will not allow such unabashed independence in the heir to one of the world's most powerful empires--and they declare Juana mad, denying her ascension to the throne. But is she truly insane, or is she merely a victim of her own impetuosity and unbridled desire? Or is Juana a pawn in a fierce power struggle for control of the throne?

Lucia attends raptly to the tale Manuel relates--and their own story begins to miraculously, dangerously mirror that of Juana the Mad and her beloved prince.

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Pub Date: 2007-11-13 Pages: 352 Language: English Publisher: HarperCollins US On an outing from her boarding school. young Luca meets Manuel-art historian and exquisite storyteller-who shares with her the tale of one of historys most tumultuous loves :. Queen Juana of Castiles legendary devotion to her husband. Prince Philippe the Handsome Embracing a union thrust upon her by political necessity. Juana responds with all the passionate abandon inherent in her fiery nature-and is forced to pay a high price for her honest sensuality. For there are those at the Renaissance court who will not allow such unabashed independence in the heir to one of the worlds most powerful empires-and they declare Juana mad. denying her ascension to the throne. But is she truly insane. or is she merely a victim of her own impetuosity and unbridled desire Or is Juana a pawn in a fierce power strugg...

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."A lush novel that draws in equal measure on history and human passion, The Scroll of Seduction bears a passing resemblance to Jane Eyre, Like Water for Chocolate and The Historian." -- Los Angeles Times

Praise for THE COUNTRY UNDER MY SKIN -- :

"A lush memoir..both intensely personal and informatively political..An honest, insider's account of the very real debates surrounding this major revolution would be valuable in itself, but Belli offers more: a frank examination of her struggle for love." -- Publishers Weekly

Praise for SCROLL OF SEDUCTION -- Praise for SCROLL OF SEDUCTION

."a fascinating account. richly told...a feel similar to Tracy Chevalier's Girl with a Pearl Earring." -- Library Journal

."A fascinating account. richly told...a feel similar to Tracy Chevalier's Girl with a Pearl Earring." -- Library Journal

."rigorously imagined and sumptuously presented." -- Booklist

"Romantic and engaging." -- Philadelphia City Paper

."..rigorously imagined and sumptuously presented..."--Booklist

"The Scroll of Seduction engages the reader on multiple levels...an intelligent work of fiction."--Daily News

"In Belli's story-within-a-story, expertly translated by Lisa Dillman, a historian uses Juana's saga to seduce a 16 year old orphan at a Madrid boarding school...the novel gallops along. A-"--Entertainment Weekly

"A lush memoir....both intensely personal and informatively political....An honest, insider's account of the very real debates surrounding this major revolution would be valuable in itself, but Belli offers more: a frank examination of her struggle for love."--Publishers Weekly

"Lush...Belli's rich prose provides fascinating insight into Juana's life..."--Tu Vida Magazine

"Love and revolution have rarely been so splendidly and provocatively intertwined than in this heretic memoir of a woman's sensual and intellectual voyage of self-discovery in Nicaragua."--Ariel Dorfman

"Gioconda Belli's memoir reads better than a novel. It recounts her larger-than-life experiences as a revolutionary, lover, and mother with honesty, passion, intelligence and, above all, poetry. The Country Under My Skin is as much the story of Nicaragua as it is one extraordinary woman's dreams."--Cristina Garcia

Praise for THE COUNTRY UNDER MY SKIN--:

."..A lush novel that draws in equal measure on history and human passion, The Scroll of Seduction bears a passing resemblance to Jane Eyre, Like Water for Chocolate and The Historian."--Los Angeles Times

"A poetic, penetrating and revelatory tale of love and war, literature and politics. . .lyrical, dramatic and incisive, Belli's soulful self-portrait and paean to her beautiful, beleagured country is at once timely and timeless, tragic and life-affirming."--The Chicago Tribune

"A surprisingly frank picture of the movement. . .Belli presents a complex picture, revealing the ego clashes and massive blunders as well as moments of incredible bravery under fire."--Los Angeles Magazine

."..A fascinating account... richly told...a feel similar to Tracy Chevalier's Girl with a Pearl Earring."--Library Journal

"Exceedingly clever and powerful, this passion-filled mystery of love and jealousy, of beauty and madness, unravels as the suspense builds to a page-turning frenzy that leaves us wanting to keep reading beyond the back cover."--Mar?a Amparo Escand?n, author of Esperanza's Box of Saints and Gonz?lez & Daughter Trucking Co.

."..a fascinating account... richly told...a feel similar to Tracy Chevalier's Girl with a Pearl Earring."--Library Journal

"Engaging. . .When Belli speaks from the depths of her woman's insight. . . her prose pierces the heart. . .A window to one woman's extraordinary journey."--San Antonio Express-News

Praise for SCROLL OF SEDUCTION--Praise for SCROLL OF SEDUCTION

"Unravels [the] contradictions. . .all too common among powerful women-with characteristic candor and dignity. . .Often joyous, surprisingly fluid."--Salon

"Romantic and engaging."--Philadelphia City Paper

"A tribute to beauty, valor, and justice. Belli's giving and clarion book is also an antidote to fear and apathy, and a reminder that freedom is always a work in progress."--Booklist

"Belli recalls with engaging candor the course of a life lived to the full. In its twist and turns, moments of danger followed by intense romantic encounters, Belli's memoir can resemble exuberant historical fiction. . A luminously written, always insightful account of one woman's encounter with personal and political liberation."--Kirkus Reviews

A poetic, penetrating and revelatory tale of love and war, literature and politics. . .lyrical, dramatic and incisive, Belli s soulful self-portrait and paean to her beautiful, beleagured country is at once timely and timeless, tragic and life-affirming. --The Chicago Tribune"

Love and revolution have rarely been so splendidly and provocatively intertwined than in this heretic memoir of a woman s sensual and intellectual voyage of self-discovery in Nicaragua. --Ariel Dorfman"

Gioconda Belli s memoir reads better than a novel. It recounts her larger-than-life experiences as a revolutionary, lover, and mother with honesty, passion, intelligence and, above all, poetry. The Country Under My Skin is as much the story of Nicaragua as it is one extraordinary woman s dreams. --Cristina Garcia"

Engaging. . .When Belli speaks from the depths of her woman s insight. . . her prose pierces the heart. . .A window to one woman s extraordinary journey. --San Antonio Express-News"

A surprisingly frank picture of the movement. . .Belli presents a complex picture, revealing the ego clashes and massive blunders as well as moments of incredible bravery under fire. --Los Angeles Magazine"

Belli recalls with engaging candor the course of a life lived to the full. In its twist and turns, moments of danger followed by intense romantic encounters, Belli s memoir can resemble exuberant historical fiction. . A luminously written, always insightful account of one woman s encounter with personal and political liberation. --Kirkus Reviews"

A lush memoir. both intensely personal and informatively political. An honest, insider s account of the very real debates surrounding this major revolution would be valuable in itself, but Belli offers more: a frank examination of her struggle for love. --Publishers Weekly"

A tribute to beauty, valor, and justice. Belli s giving and clarion book is also an antidote to fear and apathy, and a reminder that freedom is always a work in progress. --Booklist"

Romantic and engaging. --Philadelphia City Paper"

rigorously imagined and sumptuously presented --Booklist"

A lush novel that draws in equal measure on history and human passion, The Scroll of Seduction bears a passing resemblance to Jane Eyre, Like Water for Chocolate and The Historian. --Los Angeles Times"

Lush...Belli s rich prose provides fascinating insight into Juana s life... --Tu Vida Magazine"

A fascinating account richly told...a feel similar to Tracy Chevalier s Girl with a Pearl Earring. --Library Journal"

Exceedingly clever and powerful, this passion-filled mystery of love and jealousy, of beauty and madness, unravels as the suspense builds to a page-turning frenzy that leaves us wanting to keep reading beyond the back cover. --Mar?a Amparo Escand?n, author of Esperanza's Box of Saints and Gonz?lez & Daughter Trucking Co."

In Belli s story-within-a-story, expertly translated by Lisa Dillman, a historian uses Juana s saga to seduce a 16 year old orphan at a Madrid boarding school...the novel gallops along. A- --Entertainment Weekly"

The Scroll of Seduction engages the reader on multiple levels an intelligent work of fiction. --Daily News"

a fascinating account richly told...a feel similar to Tracy Chevalier s Girl with a Pearl Earring. --Library Journal"

Unravels [the] contradictions. . .all too common among powerful women with characteristic candor and dignity. . .Often joyous, surprisingly fluid. --Salon"

..".rigorously imagined and sumptuously presented..."--Booklist

..".A lush novel that draws in equal measure on history and human passion, The Scroll of Seduction bears a passing resemblance to Jane Eyre, Like Water for Chocolate and The Historian."--Los Angeles Times

..".A fascinating account... richly told...a feel similar to Tracy Chevalier's Girl with a Pearl Earring."--Library Journal

..".a fascinating account... richly told...a feel similar to Tracy Chevalier's Girl with a Pearl Earring."--Library Journal

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