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The power of words can hardly be more graphically depicted than it is in the first of The Stories of Eva Luna, Isabel Allende's latest collection. "Two Words" describes Maria Crepusculario, a woman of mystical aura who makes her living selling words. Maria's most expensive offering is a unique secret word, which, for fifty centavos, drives away melancholy.
Selzer's latest collection, Imagine a Woman, is composed of six fictional tales that evoke Maria. In the title story, a woman with the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome is keeping a journal of the last year of her life. After lying in bed, weak,
Imagine a Woman and Other Tales. Ann Intern Med. ;114:916. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-114-10-916_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1991;114(10):916.
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