Rewiew II - When Witches Sleeps


Historical romance whose theme pointed out by the author seeks to rescue and value the contribution of women in the development of Western history. Set in the year 1491, it plunges into the depths of the Inquisition with a subtlety of images and a refinement in the use of vintage language, well dosed and rich in stylistic nuances.

The plot well arranged by the author develops like a natural strategy, where the protagonist tries to fulfill well defined goals and also seeks, to reach practical objectives, mainly when its target approaches and is reached.

Then everything will be fulfilled for her, without letting the feelings and emotional involvements or even manifestations of physical and material imprisonment interfere in the steps to succeed in her search and conquest trajectory.

It is, therefore, a work whose didactics introduces the reader into the realm of magic, using a refined literary language and accessible to any layman in the subject. For those who already have some type of mystical initiation the narrative discourse is familiar and direct, it is as it is said in the popular: it speaks the same language.

A mixture of suspense, drama and tragedy makes the reader stand as if standing in front of a movie screen where there is no interruption between one scene and another. Such is the fictional work written by Carlos Costa (França).

A mixture of fantastic cinema and medieval literature, which captures the reader and leads him on a historical journey whose scenario of persecution of female human potential is described through a cast of women considered "abnormal" by developing the sensory capacity, becoming a constant threat to the status quo of the Catholic Church.

The construction of the omnipotent, omnipresent and omniscient character of the Goddess can be considered as a deconstructive tactic of the Western Jewish-Christian model centered on the male figure, dominating and centralizing.

The author seeks to establish a more harmonious environment by placing the priest next to the mother superior, assigning them an arduous task of doing justice to women and children victims of a situation of adversity and unquestionable confrontation of authority.

The narrator, or rather the omniscient narrator of the novel When witches sleep, surprises the most naive reader by constructing a peculiar scene in which he shows a very subtle ability to describe a sexual act in its outer and inner details.

Not conformed to the detailed description of a female homosexual relationship, narrative introduces the masculine element with its highest degree of virility without causing any kind of estrangement to the reader. Sexual intercourse with three would not nullify the spiritual presence of a fourth person, the count, who in the traditional Catholic model should be the only one to marry his countess.

Another touching scene refers to the practice of necrophilia by some guardian soldiers from the cells where the women accused of witchcraft were found. The underworld of the Inquisition would not go unnoticed and the author sought to describe it, putting to the highest degree his laborious artistic ability and his technical mastery to overcome a crudely serious reality of human persecution, which afflicted and still afflicts and troubled in the twenty-first century, through from a simple romanesque reading, where historical facts are recreated and presented to the reader with argumentative mastery and artistic sensibility.

When sorceresses sleep, it is a book whose literary profile can be recommended to historians, anthropologists, analysts, scholars, and especially initiates who wish to delve deeper into the subject. I read it, I liked it and I recommend it.

When the Witches Sleep - Carlos Costa (França)

Publisher  April, 2009

Marcos Santana