The Secret Book of Frida Kahlo: A Novel (Paperback)

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This book is a great way to learn about the life and art of Frida
Kahlo. Using a blend of creative fiction, biographical facts, and some
tasty sounding traditional Mexican recipes, Haghenbeck
brings us a vibrant rendition of Frida's life. Although she was plagued
by crippling health problems, her passionate and colorful personality
comes through. We learn of the near fatal bus accident that greatly
influenced her life, her tumultuous marriage to the well known artist
Diego Rivera (her second "great accident," according to Frida), and her
various friendships and affairs with the likes of Georgia O'Keefe,
Pablo Picasso, Ernest Hemingway, Leon Trotsky, and Nelson Rockefeller.
The recipes from her "Hierba Santa Book" (Sacred Herbs Book) add zest
to the story by connecting her passion for cooking to the people that
she cared about. The story is told beautifully and imaginatively... and
in a style as brazen and colorful as the artist herself.

— Sharon


One of Mexico’s most celebrated new novelists, F. G. Haghenbeck offers a beautifully written reimagining of Frida Kahlo’s fascinating life and loves.

When several notebooks were recently discovered among Frida Kahlo’s belongings at her home in Coyoacán, Mexico City, acclaimed Mexican novelist F. G. Haghenbeck was inspired to write this beautifully wrought fictional account of her life. Haghenbeck 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 lover Tina Modotti. Frida called the notebook “The Hierba Santa Book” (The Sacred Herbs Book) and filled it with memories, ideas, and recipes.

Haghenbeck takes readers on a magical ride through Frida’s passionate life: her long and tumultuous 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’Keeffe, Leon Trotsky, Nelson Rockefeller, Ernest Hemingway, John Dos Passos, Henry Miller, and Salvador Dalí. 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.

About the Author

F. G. Haghenbeck, a native of Mexico, is an award-winning novelist and screenwriter. His novel Frida Kahlo’s Secret Book has been translated into ten languages. He lives in Tehuacán, Mexico.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781451632835
ISBN-10: 1451632835
Publisher: Atria Books
Publication Date: September 25th, 2012
Pages: 368
Language: English