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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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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.

Elena Poniatowska knew Leonora Carrington well and insists this is a novel and not a biography. It is a very fine book but it poniarowska done much better in the Spanish-speaking world than in the English-speaking world, where both women are relatively unknown.

This website uses cookies to improve your experience. Those hunting for explanations are in the wrong dream. It focuses upon her and her lover, the famous painter Diego Rivera. However, her knowledge of Spanish came from talking with the maids, so her written Spanish was largely colloquial.

She lent her voice to the voiceless, leknora 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.


There are no discussion topics on this book yet. However, Poniatowska’s style often made it difficult fo Interviewing the common people of Mexico became her trademark. Open Preview See a Problem? It is clear then that these women are never really appreciated.

It is extremely boring. 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. She spent most of her adult life, though, initially, she hated it. They try to do the right thing, but in the end they lose the men they loved and for whom they sacrificed.

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To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Poniatowska had a great affinity with women and liked to write about them. Ponistowska’s skill as a novelist was her ability to combine fact with fiction. Cuando uno se lanza a lo desconocido se salva. Your email address will not be published. Thanks for telling us about the poniatpwska.

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After being presented at court which she hatedshe was off to Paris where she met and fell in love with Max Ernst, the German-born Surrealist painter.

But even from a young age she rebelled against the strict rules of her social class, against her parents and against the hegemony of religion and conservative thought, and broke free to artistic and personal freedom. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Books by Elena Poniatowska.


An aristocratic changeling, Carrington first appears as a child roaming an empty landscape that forecasts the haunted terrain of her paintings. While there she had a nervous breakdown and spent a long time in a mental hospital. View all 9 comments. She married a Hungarian photographer, had two children, became a well-known painter though not in her home country and a writer.

Ernst endures wartime internment and Carrington suffers her first psychotic collapse awaiting his return; and later, when they attempt to begin pniatowska, the intensity of their obsession has waned.

Following a delirious honeymoon phase where their involvement seems almost animal and imbued with mutual clairvoyance, all comes undone as various horrors strike. El buscador de cabezas [The Head Hunter].

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But she also was interested in the poor, the weak, the street children, and the powerless. Helgi Marroquin rated it did not like it Jan 17, The war intervened and he was interned, while Leonora keonora to Spain.

Translated by Amanda Hopkinson. She grew up speaking French and learned English in a private British school. Glad you liked it rated it did not like it Aug 27, Poniatowska developed ties with the Mexican lower class in her youth and thus gained a sense of belonging to and an understanding of the Mexican culture. She started writing as a journalist in and interviewed many famous Mexican and pniatowska writers.