Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Read: The Secret Book of Frida Kahlo - A Novel by F.G. Haghenbeck

Wednesday, March 4, 2015
The Secret Book of Frida Kahlo, purchased from Texteca

The lovely Frida Kahlo is one of my favourite artists.

I collect almost everything related to her, mostly books because I get to see her paintings and read about her.

One of my latest addition to my Frida collection is 'The Secret Book of Frida Kahlo'. I was attracted to the word 'secret', as I always felt that Frida's life was full of mystery, passion and magick.

To me, an artist isn't just a person who paints and recreate impressions onto the canvas.

To me, an artist is a person who believes in life's magick, and that the mysteries of life is what makes our lives an adventure. Whether it is pain or pleasure, an artist embraces life as it is, and discover his or her own inspiration (magickal powers) through experiences.

This is how I view Frida. She lived a magickal life, just like her Art.

F.G. Haghenbeck was able to tell her story, in a very unique way.


When several notebooks were recently discovered among Frida Kahlo's belongings at her home in Coyoacan, Mexico City, acclaimed Mexican novelist F.G. Haghenbeck was inspired to write this beautifully wrought fictional account of her life. The author imagines that, after Frida nearly died when a streetcar's iron handrail pierced her abdomen during a traffic accident, she received one of the notebooks as a gift from her love Tina Modotti. Frida called the notebook 'The Hierba Santa Book' (The Sacred Herbs book) and filled it with memor ies, ideas and recipes.

Haghenbeck takes readers on a magical ride through Frida's passionate life; her long and tumultuos relationship with Diego Rivera, the development of her art, her complex personality, her hunger for experience and her ardent feminism. This stunning narrative also details her remarkable relationships with Georgia O'Keefe, Leon Trotsky, Nelson Rockfeller, Ernest Hemingway, John Dos Passos, Henry Miller and Salvador Dali. Combining rich, luscious prose with recipes from 'The Hierba Santa Book', Haghenbeck tells the extraordinary story of a woman whose life was as stunning a creation as her art. (source: GoodReads)


The Secret Book of Frida Kahlo can be purchased from online vendor TEXTECA. Enquire or place your order today.

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