incantation of frida
No of Pages: 240
RRP: 29.95
ISBN Print: 1 876040 50 5

The Incantation of Frida K

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The Incantation of Frida K. explores the extraordinary life of a woman artist, one damaged at an early age but whose power to create transcends her wounds. “I was born in rain and I will die in rain,” begins Braverman’s imagined journey through the life of Frida Kahlo.

We are inside the mind of Frida, at 46, on her deathbed, racked with memories and hallucinations. We shiver on the threshold of life and death, dream and reality, truth and myth as Frida wraps her senses around the places, events and conversations of her past, creating her own distinct universe in the process. Frida K. navigates the alleys and opium dens of San Francisco’s Chinatown in the 1920s, of Paris in the 1930s (where she rubs shoulders with and snubs André Breton and Pablo Picasso), the Park Avenue salons of Rockefeller’s New York, and back to Coyoacán, her corner of Mexico City. Braverman’s Frida openly scorns her lover, Diego Rivera, for his “predictable geometry and conventional vision”. In language brutally lyrical, seductive and utterly original, Kate Braverman has carved out a bold interpretation of an artist to whom she is vitally connected.

“A fascinating exploration of the inner world of an icon.” Alix Kates Shulman

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