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Author Reyes, Emma, 1919-2003, author.

Title The book of Emma Reyes / Emma Reyes ; translated with an introduction by Daniel Alarcón.

Publication Info. New York, New York : Penguin Books, [2017]


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction    709.2 Reyes,E REY    Available
1 copy being processed for GDL Central Library Non-Fiction.
Description xii, 177 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Series Penguin classics
Penguin classics.
Note "Originally published in Spanish as Memoria por correspondencia, by Laguna Libros (Colombia) and Fundación Arte Vivo Otero Herrera in 2012"--Title page verso.
Summary "Emma was an illegitimate child, raised in a windowless room in Bogota with no water or toilet and only ingenuity to keep her and her sister alive. Abandoned by their mother, she and her sister moved to a Catholic convent housing 150 orphan girls, where they washed pots, ironed and mended laundry, scrubbed floors, cleaned bathrooms, sewed garments and decorative cloths for the nuns--and lived in fear of the Devil. Illiterate and knowing nothing of the outside world, Emma escaped at age nineteen, eventually coming to have a career as an artist and to befriend the likes of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera as well as European artists and intellectuals. Far from self-pitying, the portrait that emerges from this clear-eyed account inspires awe at the stunning early life of a gifted writer whose talent remained hidden for far too long"--Provided by publisher.
Subject Reyes, Emma, 1919-2003 -- Correspondence.
Reyes, Emma, 1919-2003 -- Childhood and youth.
Artists -- Colombia -- Correspondence.
Women artists -- Colombia -- Correspondence.
Girls -- Colombia -- Biography.
Poor children -- Colombia -- Biography.
Genre/Form Autobiographies.
Added Author Alarcón, Daniel, 1977- translator.
Added Title Memoria por correspondencia. English
Other Form: Online version: Reyes, Emma, 1919-2003. Book of Emma Reyes. New York, New York : Penguin Books, 2017 9781101992098 (DLC) 2017016042
ISBN 9780143108689 (hardcover)
0143108689 (hardcover)
Standard No. 40027382082

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