“Tinísima” (Seix Barral, Biblioteca Breve, 1992), is the identify of the novel and it is usually what her father used to say to her. Tina Modotti, that extraordinary Italian actress and photographer who lived within the first half of the twentieth century, a personality unknown to many people, however who toured Italy, america, France, Spain, the Soviet Union, Mexico, on an unparalleled activist journey, for pleased moments, painful moments, however in any case, a journey that made her an unforgettable girl.
Elena Poniatowska (Paris, 1932), French by beginning, Polish princess on her father’s aspect, and of Mexican nationality on her mom’s aspect, is a author, activist and feminist, which is why, in a number of of her works, we’ll discover difficult ladies, courageous, disruptive, who by no means lose their sensuality, and who, just like the novel we’re reviewing at this time, absolutely dedicated to the reason for staff all over the world. Elena’s life may very well be, in itself, one in every of her personal novels.
Poniatowska’s pen, also called the purple princess, winner of innumerable awards, such because the 2013 Cervantes Prize (the primary Mexican author to obtain the award and the fourth girl within the 38-year historical past of this award), the Rómulo Gallegos for “The prepare passes first”, the Alfaguara Novel Prize 2001, for “The pores and skin of the sky”, the Mazatlán Prize – this final one obtained twice, the final one exactly for the novel that we deliver at this time in evaluation, is a assure of the literary high quality of the novel. It is usually as a result of she is an knowledgeable chronicler and a powerful builder of biographies comparable to these of Angelina Beloff, Leonora Carrington and lots of others.
“Tinísima” was going to be a film whose script Poniatowska was going to jot down. Lastly there was no movie, however Elena determined to jot down this novel. We are able to discover a two-part documentary based mostly on “Tinísima” and by which the author herself seems. Don’t miss it. The work is impeccably documented, it’s of an agile and intense prose, which tells of the feelings and internal struggles of an endearing girl, but in addition of a wrestle between her soul and her physique that finally ends up taking its toll on her, after all, however that ends making her an icon of the unbiased girl – she by no means married however had companions for whom she was unforgettable, of the preventing, clever girl – not just for the variety of languages she spoke however for her inventive and social intelligence, of a photographer – by no means ceased to be, that he was able to abandoning every little thing for the communist trigger.
The novel begins with the assassination of Julio Antonio Mella, a Cuban communist scholar, by the hands of the Cuban right-wing regime of the time, and taking this occasion as a turning level in Modotti’s life, the novel narrates the complete lifetime of this girl. extraordinary girl, from a Tina who’s born in probably the most full poverty in Italy – in a number of elements of the e-book it’s emphasised to us that neither she nor her brothers may eat pasta however polenta… and that when there was meals. She begins her inventive life in america the place she arrives together with her father on the age of 13, and the place she is aware of the world of cinema – Hollywood and San Francisco in all its splendor. There she manages to behave in a number of movies, given her bodily magnificence and inventive expertise – and he or she additionally meets, in 1921, Edward Weston (1866-1958), the good American photographer from whom Tina not solely discovered all her photographic methods however from whom she fell head over heels in like to the purpose of following him to Mexico. With Weston she is aware of the bohemian ambiance and provides free rein to the information of her physique that leads her to a sexual and graphic liberation that we admire in Weston’s photographic work, for whom she is a mannequin and assistant.
In Mexico, the couple was associated to a number of experimental and strident artists, and to the complete circle of artists of the time, amongst whom, definitely, have been David Alfaro Siqueiros, Diego Rivera and his spouse Lupe, Manuel Álvarez and later Frida Kahlo. After all, by stated intelligentsia, it’s intimately associated to the Mexican Communist Occasion. Tina begins to shine with a light-weight that makes her indispensable to those that know her. His dedication to social struggles acquires its biggest consciousness in Mexico. She is expelled from Mexico and leads to France and later in Spain, the place she is linked physique and soul to the Spanish Civil Struggle, clearly on the Republican aspect. A big a part of the novel is made up of the harshness of his keep in Spain.
Again in america, and from there to Mexico, a rustic he enters with one other identification, we see a Tina that appears like a candle that’s going out, little by little, from a lot effort, a lot sacrifice, however that all the time continues to shine, till after his loss of life. The e-book extensively explores his relationships together with his completely different life companions – Edward Weston, Diego Rivera, Xavier Guerrero, Julio Antonio Mella, Vittorio Vidali or Commander Carlos Contreras, shocking us together with his means to like, not with a love of dedication and sacrifice, however with that love, love-learning, love-hope, love-dream, love-struggle.
The creator has written an immeasurable e-book that doesn’t keep away from allusions to the sensual attraction of the protagonist. We are able to discover all the sides of Tina: the photographer apprentice, the actress, the lover, the photographic artist, the girl, the communist militant. And we handle to establish with its depth with an empathy that awakens and strikes to the marrow. The e-book can be an method to the historical past of these nations the place she was in that first quarantine of the twentieth century, since Tina all the time knew the way to be within the heart of the motion. Because of this e-book, we won’t overlook the intricacies of occasions that, though we knew from normal information, are revealed on this great work. We are going to keep in mind Tina as stunning, vigorous in thoughts and spirit, in feelings, in eroticism, all the time an activist, all the time a fighter. I want we have been all Tina. The world could be higher.
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