Leonora has ratings and reviews. Betzy said: Ojalá lo hubiera Leonora: A Novel Inspired by the Life of Leonora Carrington by. Elena Poniatowska. The painter Leonora Carrington, at least as she appears in Elena Poniatowska’s novel, sounds like she would have been exhausting. by Elena Poniatowska, Serpent’s Tail, £ (softcover) As the contents of Carrington’s life can seem fantastical, Poniatowska knows that paradoxically the until Leonora delivers the immortal kiss-off, ‘I cannot live frozen in your shadow.

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Lists dlena This Book. Those hunting for explanations are in the wrong dream. She spent most of her adult life, though, initially, she hated it. Interviewing the common people of Mexico became her trademark. In the hands of legendary Mexican novelist Elena Poniatowska, Carrington’s life becomes a whirlwind tribute to creative struggle and artistic revolution.

Elena Poniatowska knew Leonora Carrington well and insists this is a novel and not a biography.

Refresh and try again. No trivia or quizzes yet. We’ll assume you’re ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. Carrington was a Surrealist painter, something quite rare for an English woman.

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It is extremely boring. However, her knowledge of Spanish came from talking leonorz the maids, so her written Spanish was largely colloquial. This book is not yet featured on Listopia.

She was twice expelled from convent schools and was sent to a finishing school in Florence, where she discovered art.

Leonora: A Novel Inspired by the Life of Leonora Carrington by Elena Poniatowska (1 star ratings)

When Ernst fled Paris at the outbreak of the Second World War, Carrington had a breakdown and was locked away in a Spanish asylum before escaping to Mexico, where she would work on the paintings which made her name. Leave a Reply Poniatoska reply Your email address will not be published. It is a very fine book but it has done much better in the Spanish-speaking eleha than in the English-speaking world, where both women are relatively unknown.


To see what your friends thought of leena book, please sign up. For example, in Querido Diego Quiela’s story is completely personal. After her first publication Lilus Leonpra,her writings became more and more political. It focuses upon her and her lover, the famous painter Diego Rivera. Luzia rated it did not like it Jul 06, After being presented at court which she hatedshe ponitaowska off to Paris where she met and fell in love with Max Ernst, the German-born Surrealist painter.

Helgi Marroquin rated it did not like it Jan 17, Ghostly boys cavort under the full moon, goblins sneak through her hair, and folklore, learnt in the lap of her beloved nurse, sets her mind ablaze.

Return to Book Page. She was the daughter of a textile magnate and, though brought up in wealth, she was very free-spirited, which did not go down well with her strict father.

However, Poniatowska’s style often made it difficult fo Me desespere y sencillamente no pude terminarlo. She married a Hungarian photographer, had two children, became a well-known painter though not in her home poiatowska and a writer.

Premio Biblioteca Breve Once again, she had trouble with the school authorities for her rebellious spirit. They try to do the right thing, but in the end they lose the men they loved and for whom they sacrificed. El buscador de cabezas [The Head Hunter]. MasterVoland rated it did not like it Nov 05, Born in Lancashire as the wealthy heiress to her British father’s textiles empire, Leonora Carrington was destined to live the kind of life only known by the moneyed classes.

Ponistowska’s skill as a novelist was her ability to combine fact with fiction. A veces la toma de la mano, a veces la suelta Following a delirious honeymoon phase where their involvement seems almost animal and imbued with mutual clairvoyance, all comes undone as various horrors strike.


An aristocratic changeling, Carrington first appears as a child roaming an empty landscape that forecasts the haunted terrain of her paintings.

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Today Carrington is recognised as the key female Surrealist painter, and Poniatowska’s fiction charms this exceptional character back to life more truthfully than any biography could. The Voices of the Earthquake. Translated by Amanda Hopkinson. Open Preview See a Problem? Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

It is clear then that these women are never really appreciated. Hugo Gonzalez rated it did not like it May 07, From her birth on a Lancashire country estate in to her death in Mexico 94 years later, she remained a magical, faintly disconcerting presence, defiantly attached to the weird familiars and phantoms of her imagination through spells of obscurity or madness.

Want to Read saving…. She lent her voice to the voiceless, but at the same time she took a step back and let the victims come forward to express their needs and pain, letting the Mexican people speak through her. Above all, it it is a feminist work about a woman who wanted to be herself and not controlled by the lepnora men in her life nor follow the standard for women of her class and age.

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Poniatowska developed ties with the Mexican lower poniarowska in her youth and thus gained a sense of belonging to and an understanding of the Mexican culture. In this more prosaic retelling, Poniatowska never responds to her subject with self-consciously freakish treatment or slack-jawed fascination, and even at its most outlandish, the story is luminously told.

While there she had a nervous breakdown and spent a long time in a mental hospital.