The Secret Book of Frida Kahlo

The Secret Book of Frida Kahlo

A Novel

Paperback - 2012
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One of Mexico's most celebrated new novelists, F. G. Haghenbeck offers a beautifully written reimagining of Frida Kahlo's fascinating life and loves.

When several notebooks were recently discovered among Frida Kahlo's belongings at her home in Coyoacán, Mexico City, acclaimed Mexican novelist F. G. Haghenbeck was inspired to write this beautifully wrought fictional account of her life. Haghenbeck imagines that, after Frida nearly died when a streetcar's iron handrail pierced her abdomen during a traffic accident, she received one of the notebooks as a gift from her lover Tina Modotti. Frida called the notebook "The Hierba Santa Book" (The Sacred Herbs Book) and filled it with memories, ideas, and recipes.

Haghenbeck takes readers on a magical ride through Frida's passionate life: her long and tumultuous relationship with Diego Rivera, the development of her art, her complex personality, her hunger for experience, and her ardent feminism. This stunning narrative also details her remarkable relationships with Georgia O'Keeffe, Leon Trotsky, Nelson Rockefeller, Ernest Hemingway, John Dos Passos, Henry Miller, and Salvador Dalí. Combining rich, luscious prose with recipes from "The Hierba Santa Book," Haghenbeck tells the extraordinary story of a woman whose life was as stunning a creation as her art.
Publisher: New York : Atria Books, 2012.
Edition: 1st Atria Books trade paperback ed.
ISBN: 9781451632842
Characteristics: 354 p. ; 21 cm.
Additional Contributors: Obejas, Achy 1956-


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Feb 19, 2013

I was enchanted by this novel. It is a fictionalized version of Frida Kahlo's life. Frida Kahlo was haunted by both pain (physical & psychic) and death. She felt she had made a deal with Death (she called her Godmother). Another major theme in her life was food and it's central role in family and love. Throughout the book are recipes for dishes Frida Kahlo made. They are interspersed through the novel and reflect the current chapter. The author brings Frida Kahlo's pain and art to life. I recommend this book highly.


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