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The Resource The book of Emma Reyes : a memoir in correspondence, Emma Reyes ; translated with an introduction by Daniel Alarcón

The book of Emma Reyes : a memoir in correspondence, Emma Reyes ; translated with an introduction by Daniel Alarcón

Label
The book of Emma Reyes : a memoir in correspondence
Title
The book of Emma Reyes
Title remainder
a memoir in correspondence
Statement of responsibility
Emma Reyes ; translated with an introduction by Daniel Alarcón
Creator
Contributor
Author
Translator
Subject
Genre
Language
  • eng
  • spa
  • eng
Summary
"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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Summary
The portrait of Reyes' childhood that emerges from this clear-eyed account inspires awe at the harrowing early life of a gifted writer whose talent remained hidden for far too long
Tone
Writing style
Award
Library Journal Best Books, 2017.
Biography type
autobiography
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10575830
Cataloging source
QRML
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1919-2003
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Reyes, Emma
Dewey number
709.2
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Language note
Translated from the Spanish
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
1977-
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Alarcón, Daniel
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Penguin classics
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Reyes, Emma
  • Reyes, Emma
  • Artists
  • Women artists
  • Girls
  • Poor children
Target audience
adult
Label
The book of Emma Reyes : a memoir in correspondence, Emma Reyes ; translated with an introduction by Daniel Alarcón
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Note
"Originally published in Spanish as Memoria por correspondencia, by Laguna Libros (Colombia) and Fundación Arte Vivo Otero Herrera in 2012"--Title page verso
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
000060678589
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
xii, 177 pages
Isbn
9781474606608
Isbn Type
(paperback)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)964384075
Label
The book of Emma Reyes : a memoir in correspondence, Emma Reyes ; translated with an introduction by Daniel Alarcón
Publication
Copyright
Note
"Originally published in Spanish as Memoria por correspondencia, by Laguna Libros (Colombia) and Fundación Arte Vivo Otero Herrera in 2012"--Title page verso
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
000060678589
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
xii, 177 pages
Isbn
9781474606608
Isbn Type
(paperback)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)964384075

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