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A beautifully imagined story of the last days of Frida Kahlo?s life

A few days before Frida Kahlo?s death in 1954, she wrote in her diary, ?I hope the exit is joyful?and I hope never to return.? Diagnosed with polio at the age of six and plagued by illness and injury throughout her life, Kahlo?s chronic pain was a recurrent theme in her extraordinary art. In Frida?s Bed, Slavenka Drakulic´ explores the inner life of one of the world?s most influential female artists, skillfully weaving Frida?s memories into descriptions of her paintings, producing a meditation on the nature of chronic pain and creativity. With an intriguing subject whose unusual life continues to fascinate, this poignant imagining of Kahlo?s thoughts during her final hours by another daringly original and uncompromising creative talent will attract readers of literary fiction and art lovers alike.

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"In this carefully honed portrait that reads like a biography, Croatian author Drakulic (Caf Europa) distills Mexican painter Frida Kahlo's life into one consistent theme: pain. From her bout of polio at age six to the streetcar accident that ensured her lifelong dependence on painkillers, Kahlo was always accompanied by the specter of death. In dreamy flashbacks, Drakulic tells Frida's story: raised by an illiterate mother and an epileptic German father who was a photographer, she was the only one of her sisters to get an education. Toughened by her accident, Frida's boldness attracts celebrated mural artist Diego Rivera, whom she calls the Maestro. His love for her is different from his casual relationships with other women, yet also underscores the grotesqueness of her body. His philandering plagues Frida with feelings of rejection and inadequacy until her death at age 47. After Rivera's affair with her younger sister Kity, Frida's paintings move from hobby to burning need, a way to survive his betrayal and her own cursed physicality. Intensely moving, Drakulic's novelization works from inside the raw psyche outward. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

This beautifully imagined story of the last days of Frida Kahlo's life explores the inner life of one of the world's most influential female artists.

Synopsis:

A beautifully imagined story of the last days of Frida Kahlo's life

A few days before Frida Kahlo's death in 1954, she wrote in her diary, ?I hope the exit is joyful?and I hope never to return.? Diagnosed with polio at the age of six and plagued by illness and injury throughout her life, Kahlo's chronic pain was a recurrent theme in her extraordinary art. In Frida's Bed, Slavenka Drakulic? explores the inner life of one of the world's most influential female artists, skillfully weaving Frida's memories into descriptions of her paintings, producing a meditation on the nature of chronic pain and creativity. With an intriguing subject whose unusual life continues to fascinate, this poignant imagining of Kahlo's thoughts during her final hours by another daringly original and uncompromising creative talent will attract readers of literary fiction and art lovers alike.

About the Author

Slavenka Drakulic was born in Croatia in 1949. The author of several works of nonfiction and novels, she has written for The New York Times, The Nation, The New Republic, and numerous publications around the world.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780143114154
Author:
Drakulic, Slavenka
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Translator:
Pribichevich-Zoric, Christina
Author:
Pribichevich-Zoric, Christina
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Kahlo, Frida
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20080931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
7.70x5.14x.46 in. .32 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In this carefully honed portrait that reads like a biography, Croatian author Drakulic (Caf Europa) distills Mexican painter Frida Kahlo's life into one consistent theme: pain. From her bout of polio at age six to the streetcar accident that ensured her lifelong dependence on painkillers, Kahlo was always accompanied by the specter of death. In dreamy flashbacks, Drakulic tells Frida's story: raised by an illiterate mother and an epileptic German father who was a photographer, she was the only one of her sisters to get an education. Toughened by her accident, Frida's boldness attracts celebrated mural artist Diego Rivera, whom she calls the Maestro. His love for her is different from his casual relationships with other women, yet also underscores the grotesqueness of her body. His philandering plagues Frida with feelings of rejection and inadequacy until her death at age 47. After Rivera's affair with her younger sister Kity, Frida's paintings move from hobby to burning need, a way to survive his betrayal and her own cursed physicality. Intensely moving, Drakulic's novelization works from inside the raw psyche outward. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , This beautifully imagined story of the last days of Frida Kahlo's life explores the inner life of one of the world's most influential female artists.
"Synopsis" by , A beautifully imagined story of the last days of Frida Kahlo's life

A few days before Frida Kahlo's death in 1954, she wrote in her diary, ?I hope the exit is joyful?and I hope never to return.? Diagnosed with polio at the age of six and plagued by illness and injury throughout her life, Kahlo's chronic pain was a recurrent theme in her extraordinary art. In Frida's Bed, Slavenka Drakulic? explores the inner life of one of the world's most influential female artists, skillfully weaving Frida's memories into descriptions of her paintings, producing a meditation on the nature of chronic pain and creativity. With an intriguing subject whose unusual life continues to fascinate, this poignant imagining of Kahlo's thoughts during her final hours by another daringly original and uncompromising creative talent will attract readers of literary fiction and art lovers alike.

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