Frida by Carmen T. Bernier-Grand
Viva La Vida! Long Live Life!

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"Wearing the white huipil with the lavender tassel,
hiding my amputated leg in red-leather boots,
I wheel the wheelchair to the Blue House studio
that Diego so lovingly built for me.

I dip the brush in blood-red paint
and, embracing life with all its light,
I print on a watermelon cut open—like I am—
¡Viva la vida!—
a hymn to nature and life."

Frida Kahlo, a native of Mexico, is described here in biographical poems accompanied by her own artwork. Both text and images reveal the anguish and joy of her two marriages to muralist Diego Rivera, her life-long suffering from a crippling bus accident, and her thirst for life, even as she tasted death. Her favorite motto was: ¡Viva la vida! (Long live life!)

Back matter includes excerpts from Frida’s diary and letters, a prose biography, a chronology of the artist’s life, a glossary of Spanish words, sources, and notes.


About Carmen T. Bernier-Grand

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Carmen T. Bernier-Grand is a Marshall Cavendish author.
Published February 12, 2013 by Amazon Publishing. 66 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Biographies & Memoirs, History, Children's Books, Arts & Photography. Fiction

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Writing primarily in the voice of the surrealist Frida Kahlo, Bernier-Grand presents readers with 26 poems that take her subject from birth to death, unswervingly touching upon the difficult territory in between: polio, the accident that led to some 31 subsequent operations, her (two) marriages t...

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And there is the pop paraphernalia, some of which is on sale: Frida T-shirts, Frida nail polish, Frida postcards and a Frida calendar.

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