“Of Love and Other Demons” is a novel written by Colombian author Gabriel García Márquez. The novel, originally published in Spanish as “Del amor y otros demonios” in 1994, was later translated into English by Edith Grossman.
Set in a colonial Latin American city during the 18th century, the story revolves around the life of a young girl named Sierva María de Todos los Ángeles. After being bitten by a rabid dog, Sierva is believed to be possessed by demons, and the local bishop decides to perform an exorcism. However, during the course of the novel, a complex and forbidden love story unfolds between Sierva and a young priest.
As with many of García Márquez’s works, “Of Love and Other Demons” is characterized by magical realism, where fantastical elements are seamlessly woven into a realistic narrative. The novel explores themes of love, faith, and the clash between the rational and the mystical. García Márquez’s rich prose and vivid storytelling contribute to the book’s atmospheric and captivating nature.