Dear Diego = Querido Diego, te abraza Quiela

Poniatowska, E. (2012) Dear Diego = Querido Diego, te abraza Quiela. [Scholarly Editions]

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Abstract

One of the threads that run through Elena Poniatowska’s oeuvre is that of foreigners who have fallen in love with Mexico and its people. This is certainly the case of Querido Diego, te abraza Quiela – a brief novel (so short it was originally published in its entirety in Octavio Paz’s literary magazine Vuelta). The Russian exile and painter Angelina Beloff writes from the cold and impoverished post-war Paris to Diego Rivera, her spouse of over ten years. Beloff sends these letters, to which there is no response, during a time when the emancipation of women has broken many of the standard models and the protagonist struggles to fashion her own. Elena Poniatowska has (re)created these letters and within them one finds the unforgettable testimony of an artist and her lover during the valuable crossroads of a new time when Diego Rivera was forging a new life in his native country. In this edition, Nathanial Gardner comments on the truth and fiction Poniatowska has woven together to form this compact, yet rich, modern classic. Using archives in London, Paris and Mexico City (including Angelina’s correspondence held in Frida Kahlo’s own home) as well as interviews from the final remaining individuals who knew the real Angelina, Gardner offers a mediation of the text groundings as well as critical commentary. This edition will appeal to both students and scholars of Latin American Studies as well as lovers of Mexican Literature and Art in general.

Item Type:Scholarly Editions
Additional Information:Edited by Nathan Gardner (Glasgow author).
Status:Published
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Gardner, Dr Nathanial
Authors: Poniatowska, E.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Modern Languages and Cultures > Hispanic Studies
Publisher:Liverpool University Press
ISBN:9780856688812

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
511421Historical considerations on the relationship between Diego Rivera and Angelina BeloffNathanial GardnerBritish Academy (BRIT-ACAD)SG-51420MLC - HISPANIC STUDIES