Frida's Bed by Slavenka Drakulic

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A beautifully imagined story of the last days of Frida Kahlo?s life

A few days before Frida Kahlo?s death in 1954, she wrote in her diary, ?I hope the exit is joyful?and I hope never to return.? Diagnosed with polio at the age of six and plagued by illness and injury throughout her life, Kahlo?s chronic pain was a recurrent theme in her extraordinary art. In Frida?s Bed, Slavenka Drakulic´ explores the inner life of one of the world?s most influential female artists, skillfully weaving Frida?s memories into descriptions of her paintings, producing a meditation on the nature of chronic pain and creativity. With an intriguing subject whose unusual life continues to fascinate, this poignant imagining of Kahlo?s thoughts during her final hours by another daringly original and uncompromising creative talent will attract readers of literary fiction and art lovers alike.


About Slavenka Drakulic

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Slavenka Drakulic´ is the author of numerous books, including Café Europa: Life After Communism and S.: A Novel About the Balkans. Born in Croatia, she currently divides her time among Sweden, Austria, and Croatia.
Published August 26, 2008 by Penguin Books. 162 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Not only was painting a means for her to escape the confines of a body that wracked her with pain and would at times keep her bedridden, but it allowed her to express the pain (physical, emotional, and mental) that continually beset her.

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The dramas of her life - her longing for love, her near-fatal experiences and adultery - served to confirm her existence, an impression reflected repeatedly in her artwork, where, Drakulic writes, Kahlo painted herself over and over again to offer proof that she was still alive.

Aug 13 2008 | Read Full Review of Frida's Bed

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