The Diary of Frida Kahlo is this week's selection from the bookshelf. A marvelous facsimile of Frida's personal diary/sketchbook from the last 10 years of her life. Featuring an introduction by Carlos Fuentes, commentaries by Sarah M. Lowe and full translations of the diary pages.
On many of the pages the inks or paints that she used bled through the page which adds an eerie layer to the entries.
There are glimpses in the sketches of some of her larger well known works.
And on most of the pages references to the constant pain and body trauma that increased almost daily until her death in 1954.
"My structure displeases because of its lack of harmony, its unfitness. I think it would be better for me to go, to go and not to run away. If it were all over within an instant. I hope so."
---translation of above page by Barbara Crow de Toledo and Richard Pohlenz.