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"Querida Elena" ("Dear Elena") is the title of the panel where Luisa Campuzano and Zaida Capote will get closer to the life and work of the great Mexican writer Elena Poniatowska, on Thursday the 29th of November at 4:00 pm at the Manuel Galich hall of the Casa de las Américas.

The novel "Querido Diego, te abraza Quiela", of the aughtor who recently was recognized with the Rómulo Gallegos award, will be presented, as will also be available her book "Tinísima". Both books were published by the Editorial Fund of the Casa de las Americas.

Poniatowska visited the Cuban institution last February when she presented her book "Tinísima" during the International Book Fair. Even though it was her first visit to the Casa de las Américas, the writer, who is also journalist, have had a friendship relationship with our country and in special with the Casa for years.

"Querido Diego, te abraza Quiela" is about the relationship between the muralist Diego Rivera and the Russian painter Angelina Beloff, who the Mexican called "Quiela". Elena Poniatowska, using epistolary resources, recreates this story in which although there are true elements, there is also fiction.

The real story starts at the meeting between Diego and Beloff in 1910 in Spain. They get married in 1911 and 5 years later they had a son who died due to a flu epidemic. In 1921 Diego travels to Mexico with the compromise of taking her with him later on and that never happens. Angelina Beloff dies in Mexico in 1969 at the age of 90 years old. From that relationship, Diego expressed: "She gave me everything a woman con give a man. In exchange, she received from me every pain in the heart and misery a man can cause a woman".

"Tinísima" is the novel biography of the Italian photographer and communist militant Tina Modotti, who lived in Mexico the most intense and long years of her life, some of them with the Cuban communist militant Julio Antonio Mella. Casa also published in 1991 her novel "Hasta no verte Jesús mío", considered one of the main points of the Mexican literature and a highest point of the testimonial literature.

The great career of Elena Poniatowska lasts already for almost 50 years of production and continued innovation. She started in journalism when she was twenty one years old and when she became twenty two, she had already published her first book: "Lilus Kikus" (Stories). Hundred of interviews and articles made by her, have been published in almost every Mexican publication and she was founder of the important newspaper La Jornada. In 1978, she was the first woman to receive the National Literature Award in Mexico. About her Octavio Paz wrote: ".... Elena is that, a bird in Mexican literature".

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