- Tapa blanda: 357 páginas
- Editor: University of New Mexico Press; Edición: University of New Mexico Press Pbk. Ed (15 de septiembre de 2006)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 0826341233
- ISBN-13: 978-0826341235
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Tinisima (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 15 sep 2006
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Poniatowska has made an art form of blending journalism and fiction. She tells this novel in an urgent present tense, segueing among short, vivid scenes with cinematic virtuosity. Ten years of research and a thorough knowledge of the currents of history contribute to this portrait, but equally important is Poniatowska's intuitive appreciation of a woman shaped and destroyed by her tumultuous times. - Publishers Weekly
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For this fictionalized account of the life of Tina Modotti (1896-1942), Elena Poniatowska devoted ten years of research to fully understand the woman who was so caught up in the social and political turbulence of the pre-World War II decades. At different times in her life, Modotti was a silent screen actress, a model for Diego Rivera's murals, and a lover of photographer Edward Weston. She was also a champion for the Mexican people who lovingly referred to her as Tinisima. In 1929, Modotti was accused of the murder of Julio Antonio Mella, her Cuban lover. She fled to the U.S.S.R. to escape the Mexican press and then to Europe, where she became a Soviet secret agent and a nurse under an assumed name, returning to Mexico to meet an early death at the age of forty-five.Ver Descripción del producto
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Yes, we all know the many roles Tina explored throughout her amazing life: actress, photographer, revolutionary and lover of great men; however, Elena fleshes out her vulnerability as a sensitive, scared little girl. I find myself cheering Tina on and wishing her well, even though I have read other, more didactic biographies of Tina's life, and know how her life ends.
I teach my fourth graders to write so the readers feel like they are living the story. Elena's writing does that for me. She illuminates Tina's life so well because Elena has also lived an illuminated, incredible life. This book makes me want to know as much about Elena as I am learning about Tina. Elena, in a word from your land- 'espectacular'. Your words inspire me to be a better writer.
Modotti was Edward Weston's most beautiful model. For a few years in the late 1920s, until she lost her nerve (or maybe her artistic sensibility), she was herself a photographer of note. Later she labored in the vineyard of the Communist revolution, first in Moscow and later in Spain during the Spanish Civil War.
Yet if Modotti -- if, indeed, anyone -- is a fitting subject for an imagined biography, it is not because she was a larger-than-life character. As Poniatowska tells it, throughout her brief 45 years Modotti, the daughter of poor immigrants to Northern California from Northern Italy's poorest region, held unwaveringly to anarcho-syndicalist views, empathized with the poor and the victims of war, and searched for love in all the wrong places. So far, nothing exceptional. What makes her life interesting, of course, was her involvement, albeit at the edges, of sea changes in photography and painting, politics, totalitarianism, and war.
The writing style veers from accomplished dialogue to flat narrative, with little insight to the characters' motivation, to magic views of the cosmos, to cinematic stream of consciousness, as during Tina's death scene. This is a decent vacation read, full of local color, but you may come away from "Tinisima" wondering what justifies the superlative in the title.
For those with interest in photography, Edward Weston, Mexican history, women photographers.
A little long / could have been edited more towards the end