The Country Under My Skin: A Memoir of Love and War
'This is the best autobiography I've read in years- a passionate, lyrical, tough-minded account of an extraordinary life in art, revolution and love. It's a book to relish, to read and re-read. Unforgettable.'- Salman Rushdie Lives don't get much more quixotic than that of the Nicaraguan revolutionary Gioconda Belli. A dazzling society girl, Gioconda lifted her guilt of privilege' by joining the Sandinistas in her twenties, to serve and then lead in their underground resistance.
If part of her wanted to fulfill society's code for women and produce four children, there was also a part which wanted the privileges of men - the freedom to forge the Sandinista resistance effort even with toddler in tow. 'Conspiracy came easy to me,' confesses Belli, hiding political pamphlets from her first husband as effortlessly as she hid her love affairs.
This remarkable book is a journey of the heart, through marriages and grand passions, as well as an insider's view of a revolutionary movement.