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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Mari Paz rated it did not like it Aug 26, She lent her ponkatowska 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. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

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Your email address will not be published. She married a Hungarian photographer, had poniattowska children, became a well-known painter though not in her home country and a writer.

But she also was interested in the poor, the weak, the street children, and the powerless. Karina rated it did not like it Sep 12, While there she had a nervous breakdown and spent a long time in a ooniatowska hospital.

However, her knowledge of Spanish came from talking with the maids, so her written Spanish was largely colloquial.

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. Return to Book Page. Above all, it it is a feminist work about a woman who wanted to be herself and not controlled by the various lronora in her life nor follow the standard for women of her class and age.


Once again, she had trouble with the school authorities for her rebellious spirit.

Cuando uno se lanza a lo desconocido se salva. Back in Madrid, she married poniatowsak Mexican and the couple went off to the United States and thence to Mexico. It is a very fine book but it has done much better in the Spanish-speaking world than in the English-speaking world, where both women are relatively unknown.

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. Much of the book is dedicated to chronicling this supreme example of amour fou, powered by an electric sexual connection and an occult atmosphere. Luzia rated it did not like it Jul 06, Interviewing the common people of Mexico became her trademark.

She spent most of her adult life, though, initially, she hated it.

Accept Reject Read More. She was twice expelled from convent schools and was sent to a finishing school in Florence, where she discovered art. They try to do the right thing, but in the end they lose the men they loved and for whom they sacrificed. Diana Luna rated it did not like it May 13, This is a feminist biographical novel about Leonora Carrington. 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.

It focuses upon her and her lover, the famous painter Diego Rivera. She started writing as a journalist in and interviewed many famous Mexican and international writers. Carrington was a Surrealist painter, something quite rare for an English woman. After her first publication Lilus Kikus,her writings became more and more political.


Following a delirious honeymoon phase where their involvement seems almost animal and imbued with mutual clairvoyance, all comes undone as various horrors strike. 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.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. She grew up speaking French and learned English in a private British school. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. It is clear then that these women are never really appreciated. Premio Biblioteca Breve Elena Poniatowska knew Leonora Carrington well and insists this is a novel and not a biography.

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An aristocratic changeling, Carrington first appears as a child roaming an empty landscape that forecasts the haunted terrain of her paintings. 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. A veces la toma de la mano, a veces la suelta Poniatowska never attempts to puzzle out any pieces, favouring short phases of lyrical attentiveness to their peculiar climate.