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The book of Emma Reyes

Author: Emma Reyes; Daniel Alarcón
Publisher: New York, New York : Penguin Books, [2017] ©2017
Series: Penguin classics.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"A literary discovery: an extraordinary account, in the tradition of The House on Mango Street and Angela's Ashes, of a Colombian woman's harrowing childhood. This astonishing memoir of a childhood lived in extreme poverty in Latin America was hailed as an instant classic when first published in Colombia in 2012, nine years after the death of its author, who was encouraged in her writing by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Autobiographies
Biography
Records and correspondence
Correspondence
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Reyes, Emma, 1919-2003.
Book of Emma Reyes.
New York, New York : Penguin Books, 2017
(DLC) 2017016042
Named Person: Emma Reyes; Emma Reyes; Emma Reyes
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Emma Reyes; Daniel Alarcón
ISBN: 9780143108689 0143108689 9781474606608 1474606601
OCLC Number: 962895608
Notes: "Originally published in Spanish as Memoria por correspondencia, by Laguna Libros (Colombia) and Fundación Arte Vivo Otero Herrera in 2012"--Title page verso.
Description: xii, 177 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Series Title: Penguin classics.
Other Titles: Memoria por correspondencia.
Responsibility: Emma Reyes ; translated with an introduction by Daniel Alarcón.

Abstract:

"A literary discovery: an extraordinary account, in the tradition of The House on Mango Street and Angela's Ashes, of a Colombian woman's harrowing childhood. This astonishing memoir of a childhood lived in extreme poverty in Latin America was hailed as an instant classic when first published in Colombia in 2012, nine years after the death of its author, who was encouraged in her writing by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Comprised of letters written over the course of thirty years, and translated and introduced by acclaimed Peruvian-American writer Daniel Alarcon, it describes in vivid, painterly detail the remarkable courage and limitless imagination of a young girl growing up with nothing. 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.
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