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Beauty is Convulsive: The Passion of Frida Kahlo by Carole Maso

By Carole Maso

good looks is Convulsive is a biographical meditation on one of many 20th century's so much compelling and recognized artists, Frida Kahlo (1907-1954).

At the age of 19, Kahlo's existence used to be reworked whilst the bus during which she used to be using was once hit by means of a trolley automobile. Pierced via a metal handrail and damaged in lots of locations, she entered a protracted interval of convalescence within which she started to paint self-portraits. In 1928, at twenty-one, she joined the Communist social gathering and got here to grasp Diego Rivera. The forty-one-year-old Rivera, Mexico's most renowned painter, used to be inspired by way of the strength of Kahlo's character and by means of the authenticity of her artwork, and the 2 quickly married. although they have been dedicated to one another, intermittent affairs on each side, Frida's grief over her lack of ability to undergo a baby, and her common health problems made the wedding tumultuous. This prose poem is commonplace Maso--vigorous, bold, consistently unique. She brings jointly components of Kahlo's biography, her letters, scientific files, and her diaries with language that's frequently as erotic and colourful as Kahlo's paintings.

"Maso's certain and poetic prose ... brims with emotion, mind's eye, intelligence, and beauty." —Review of latest Fiction

"... a supple, discerning, and haunting prose poem, a biographical meditation that elegantly charts Kahlo’s epic resiliency, creative bold, unrelenting anguish, soul-saving 'sense of the ridiculous,' and wonderful defiance. Maso’s spare but lyric tribute, a real communion, is a welcome antidote to the mawkishness and sensationalism that's commencing to blur our appreciation for Kahlo’s pioneering paintings and incandescent spirit." —Booklist

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