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Mediante veintitrés cartas dirigidas a su amigo y confidente Germán Arciniegas, Emma Reyes asumió el arduo ejercicio de narrar los giros y adversidades que vivió durante su infancia. Estos textos, escritos entre 1969 y 1997, articulan magistralmente un relato personal que evoca el contexto del altiplano cundiboyacence en la tercera década del siglo XX....

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Number of Pages : 197 Pages
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Memoria por correspondencia Reviews

  • Brina
    2019-05-18 04:13

    I am always on alert for books by women of color from around the globe. A few weeks ago a goodreads friend had mentioned reading The Book of Emma Reyes: A Memoir and it piqued by interest as a memoir by a South American artist from the 20th century. A product of what early reviewers call a Dickensian upbringing, Reyes overcame a horrendous childhood to later become a top artist of her native Columbia. Although she did not become literate until later in life, a chance friendship with Nobel Laureate Gabriel García Márquez encouraged Reyes to write the letters that later became this book. With a new English translation by Daniel Alarcón, The Book of Emma Reyes: A Memoir has gained a wider audience and notified more people of the life of this prized artist.Emma Reyes could list among her friends Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and Jean-Paul Sartre. This is after she called Paris her home and joined an ex-pat community well established in Europe at the time. As a small child, however, her life was nothing short of horrendous. Along with her older sister Helena, the two girls were brought into the world by their mother Maria who immediately suffered from a severe case of post partum depression. Unfortunately for the girls and their two half brothers, a diagnosis for this mental health disorder did not exist in 1910s Columbia, and often times the children were left to fend for themselves for entire days, many times locked in a room with no food. At the time, Helena was six and a half and Emma no more than five. They had a full time nanny at times, but Maria moved the family all over Columbia in an attempt to better her own position in life, and she usually clashed with the nanny and fired her, leaving the children on their own yet again. Even if Maria comes across as unloving and self-centered, one can not help but think if she lived in a different time and place that she could have received help for her depression and gone on to love her children. Yet, Emma writes longingly of her mother because at age five, her mother is her entire world.The coping became to much for Maria and one by one she abandoned her children. Helena and Emma were brought up in a strict orphanage run by nuns even though they were a product of an illegitimate relationship. Eventually, they were accepted by the church, but the descriptions Emma gives in her letters are nothing short of heart rending. Based on a girl's looks or abilities, she received choice tasks to complete. This was not an orphanage where a girl would receive an education. In order to finance the welfare of the one hundred fifty girls, the nuns put them to work at all tasks from cleaning the bathroom and kitchen to embroidery and being personal assistants to the nuns themselves. Each girl had nuns they forged better relationships and vice versa. Emma had the misfortune of being the younger sister to Helena, called the most beautiful girl in the orphanage, while being cross-eyed herself. As a result, it took her many years before she could establish a group of friends while also being stuck performing the worst of tasks in the orphanage. It is of little wonder that by the time she reached adolescence that she thought about the wider world outside of the orphanage and her means of escaping from it.Alarcon did a fine job with the translation, but it is evident that the writing is simplistic in form. Reyes' letters were not geared toward a juvenile audience, but because she did not learn to read or write until her late teenaged years, Reyes had a limited vocabulary. As a result, this memoir can be viewed as a coming of age story, which I mentioned recently that I have found myself enjoying less and less each year. I am glad that Reyes was ambitious enough to leave the orphanage and fend for herself, resulting in her becoming a gifted artist and traveling the world. It appeared even from an early age that the nuns spotted her talent but because of her life situation she lacked a means to cultivate it. While I felt for this horrendous childhood, I read quickly to find out when the misery would end, but, unfortunately it never did in the course of this book.While I enjoy reading books by women of color from around the globe, I was not enamored with The Book of Emma Reyes: A Memoir. It was an easy reading book to get through at a busy time of the year for me, but not a book I would necessarily choose had I not been alerted to both the topic and cover on goodreads. Perhaps because Reyes was known as an artist, I would enjoy her artwork more than this memoir. Nevertheless this memoir points to the lack of mental health awareness in the early 20th century and is a worthy read.3.5 stars

  • Claudia
    2019-04-20 23:59

    Emma Reyes é o exemplo de alguém que não mostra rancor perante a sua vida cruel e miserável. Num tom cru, sem amargura, revela através de cartas para o amigo historiador Germán Arciniegas detalhes sobre a sua infância de emocionar qualquer um. Precisei de tempo para digerir tudo, respirar fundo. Senti revolta por ela, sendo tudo tão triste acabei por absorver essa carga durante a leitura. Vidas tão difíceis. Vidas tão miseráveis.Num quarto com a sua irmã e o Menino, todos os dias de manhã precisa de despejar o penico. Cheio de fezes, carrega entre salpicos e agonia até ao depósito. Num lugar despedido de móveis, luxos ou comida. A colombiana tem um olhar muito vincado sobre a sua história de menina pobre e ingénua. Sem amor, conforto, roupa e comida, passa pela miséria como quem vê a sua aldeia arder pensa ser o fogo de artificio mais bonito. O momento mais triste deste livro é tão intenso que ainda escuto os gritos de abandono. Emma pegou na tristeza e transformou em força.Os adultos são sombras altas e pesadas. Indecifráveis. Mais tarde, num convento de freiras conhece o trabalho e os maus tratos. O lugar de amor está cheio de leis da fé cruéis. Uma menina sem pais não pode ser recebida por Cristo, muito menos sonhar com um vestido branco ou ser freira. Neste convento é onde aprende a ler e a escrever e recebe pequenos gestos de carinho por parte de uma freira. Fui obrigada a questionar os valores da igreja católica perante duas meninas abandonadas. O relato é duro e sufocante. Ser espectadora destas injustiças é um tremendo desafio.No final coloca-se a veracidade desta história após várias pesquisas e entrevistas. Ninguém sabe a verdade sobre a sua origem. Se por um lado temos a minuciosidade dos detalhes, por outro existem poucas provas. Eu acredito. Emma Reyes sempre fugiu da pergunta: quem era o teu pai? Já famosa e casada, sempre que recebia as visitas da irmã pedia para não ser incomodada e só voltava a dar noticias mais tarde. Ela conviveu com artistas conhecidos e teve uma vida muito diferente depois de ter fugido do convento. Verdadeira história de resiliência.Recomendo muito. Este livro foi uma espécie de comboio desenfreado contra mim.

  • Vasileios
    2019-05-20 00:13

    http://dreamersandco.com/2017/09/anam...Μια ρεαλιστική και εμπνευσμένη περιγραφή του πώς κάποιος μπορεί να οδηγήσει τη ζωή του εκεί που πραγματικά θέλει, και να ξεχωρίσει. Αυτό μπορεί να μας το διδάξει η Emma Reyes στο βιβλίο Αναμνήσεις δι’ αλληλογραφίας (εκδόσεις Ίκαρος, 2017) στην εξαιρετική έκδοση που κυκλοφόρησε και συγκεντρώνει 23 επιστολές της στις οποίες αφηγείται επισόδεια από την ιδιαίτερα επώδυνη ζωή της.Η Emma Reyes ήταν κολομβιανή καλλιτέχνις η οποία διακρίθηκε ως ζωγράφος και δημιούργησε φιλίες με τους πιο σημαντικούς συγγραφείς και καλλιτέχνες του 20ου αιώνα, τους οποίους και προστάτεψε περισσότερο και απο μητέρα. Γιατί η ζωή της όμως έχει να μας δείξει τόσα πολλά, πέρα από το καλλιτεχνικό της έργο;Πρόκειται για μια γυναίκα που μέχρι τα 19 της ήταν αναλφάβητη, μεγαλωμένη σε ένα μικρό δωμάτιο ενός μοναστηριού στην Κολομβία, εγκαταλελειμμένη μαζί με την αδερφή της, εργάζονταν εκεί και οι δύο κάτω από σκληρές συνθήκες. Από εκεί κατάφερε να το σκάσει, ξεφεύγοντας από αυτή τη δυσβάσταχτη καθημερινότητα, ταξίδεψε πολύ αφιερώνοντας το μεγαλύτερο κομμάτι της ζωής της στη ζωγραφική, μετακόμισε σε πολλές χώρες και το 1960 εγκαταστάθηκε στο Παρίσι, όπου καταξιώθηκε καλλιτεχνικά και διέμεινε μέχρι και το τέλος της ζωής της, το 2003.Τo 1969 η Emma Reyes έστειλε στον φίλο της ιστορικό Χερμάν Αρσινιέγας την πρώτη από τις είκοσι τρεις επιστολές που περιγράφουν τις σκληρές συνθήκες μέσα στις οποίες κύλησε η παιδική της ηλικία. Ο φίλος της συγκλονίστηκε από τις σκληρές αυτές αναμνήσεις κι αποφάσισε να δείξει τα κείμενα στον Γκαμπριέλ Γκαρσία Μάρκες, ο οποίος ενθάρρυνε τη Ρέγιες να συνεχίσει το γράψιμο. Η αλληλογραφία κράτησε ως το 1997· σ’ αυτό το διάστημα, ο Αρσινιέγας κατάφερε να πάρει την έγκριση της Emma Reyes για να εκδώσει τις επιστολές μετά τον θάνατό της.Έτσι προέκυψε το εξαιρετικό βιβλίο Αναμνήσεις δι’ αλληλογραφίας, που ξεχωρίζει με την ιδιαίτερη γραφή της από την οποία δεν υπάρχει κανένα ίχνος επιτήδευσης. Η Reyes χωρίς αυτολύπηση, με ευφυΐα ενηλίκου και ματιά κοριτσιού, καταφέρνει να μεταδώσει με ακρίβεια στον αναγνώστη τα συναισθήματά της, καθώς περιγράφει τις αντιξοότητες των παιδικών της χρόνων στην Κολομβία.Συνέχεια στο Dreamers & Co. > http://dreamersandco.com/2017/09/anam...

  • Siv30
    2019-04-22 02:46

    "אני באה משם" אחד מהספרים הטובים ביותר שהוציאה הוצאת זיקית ז"ל השלום עליה.זהו סיפור אוטוביוגרפי של אמה רייס. הסיפור נמסר במכתבים לחרמן, שלא ברור מי ומה הוא עבור אותה אמה רייס. הוא מתאר את סיפור ילדותה המזעזע והבלתי נתפס בקולומביה בשנות ה- 20 של המאה 20 יחד עם אחותה אלנה, אחיה המכונה פשפש ודמות שאותה היא מכנה מריה וכנראה זו אימה."באותו חדר גרנו אחותי אֵלֵנָה, ילד שמעולם לא ידעתי מה שמו וקראנו לו "פִּשפֵּש", וגברת שאני זוכרת רק בתור רעמת שׂער שחורה שכיסתה אותה לחלוטין, וכשפיזרה את שׂערה צרחתי מפחד והתחבאתי מתחת למיטה היחידה."ילדות בצל עוני מחפיר ונטול אמצעים, חוסר אהבה וחום של הורים והתעללות פיזית. הילדות היו צריכות לסייע בעבודת הבית ובתחילת הספר היא מתארת את חלקה בעבודות אלה בנשיאת סיר הלילה בו היו עושים צרכיהם:"זה היה סיר לבן ענק מצופה באמייל, אבל מהציפוי לא נותר כמעט דבר. לא היה יום שבו הסיר לא היה מלא עד גדותיו, והריחות שעלו מאותו סיר היו מעוררי בחילה כל כך עד שפעמים רבות הקאתי עליו. בחדר שלנו לא היה חשמל וגם לא בית שימוש; בית השימוש היחיד שלנו היה אותו סיר לילה, ובו עשינו את הקטן ואת הגדול, את הנוזלי ואת המוצק. "בשלב מסויים, אחיה הפישפש, נעלם והאם והבנות עוברות לכפר שם מצטרפת אליהן עוזרת בית אינדיאנית. אימה שוב הרה ואת האח שנולד להן הן מכנות הילד. בשלב מסויים אימה מתייאשת ומבקשת לחזור לבוגטה אולם בדרך היא נוטשת את האח הקטן ואת הבנות שנאספות למנזר יתומות אותו מנהלות הנזירות.במינזר, הן לא רק כלואות ואינן יכולות לפגוש את העולם החיצוני, הן גם עוברות מסכת התעללויות מהילדות ומהנזירות:"ילדה שמנה מאוד ופוזלת, כמוני, קשרה את התחתונים על מקל של מטאטא, והן הניפו את המטאטא אל על, צעדו בטור ארוך דרך כל החצרות וצעקו במקהלה: "התחתונים המחורבנים של הקטנה החדשה, התחתונים המחורבנים של הקטנה החד..."" הבנות עוברות אינדוקטרינציה דתית והן מולקות מילולית פעם אחר פעם. מאחר שלא ידוע אם הן הוטבלו ואם קיבלו את לחם הקודש שאיפתה של הסופרת להיות נזירה נשללת על הסף. החינוך מבוסס על הפחדות והתעללות מילולית הדמות המרכזית בהפחדות האלה היא השטן שמהפחד של הבנות מפניו הן גורמות לא אחת נזקים. רוב הבנות במינזר אנאלפבתיות והן לא יודעות קרוא וכתוב ולכן בבורותן מאמינות לכל סיפורי האימה וההפחדה של הנזירות.הנזירות אינן מראות אהבה או חמלה לבנות שאיבדו את עולמן והגיעו לשם בלי ברירה בגיל צעיר.נהפוך הוא הבנות נדרשות לעבוד ולהכניס כסף שיכסה את הוצאות מחייתן."אל תשכחו שאתן כאן מתוך צדקה ושעליכן לעבוד כדי לשלם על המזון שאתן אוכלות. אל תחשבו שבעולם נותנים לנו במתנה את המזון שאתן מקבלות, לא; עלינו לשלם עליו בכסף, ואת הכסף הזה עלינו להרוויח כולנו יחד, בעבודה.""למעשה בהמשך מסתבר שמדובר במפעל משגשג של עבדות שבו הבנות עובדות גם לעיתים 18 שעות ביממה בתמורה ללחם צר וקובית סוכר. הקטעים של ההתעללות הפיזית במנזר מביאים חלחלה. לבסוף מתגלה שהילדה המכוערת והפוזלת הקטנה כישרונית בעבודת הריקמה וכך היא מתחילה את פרק חייה בעבודות כפיה של ריקמה שבמהלכן אסור לדבר, אסור לנקות את האף או אף לגרד את הראש:"זאת הייתה מלאכה מעייפת ביותר והיא דרשה תשומת לב מתמדת. כשיצאת מלמטה, אחרי ארבע או חמש שעות עבודה, היית הולכת כמו השיכורים בבתי המרזח. זה היה התפקיד השלישי שלי. "זהו ספר מזעזע במיוחד בשל העובדה שאין בו תרעומת, אין בו כעס, אין בו ביטויי חימה שפוכה. הכותבת מוסרת את סיפור חייה בצורה שקולה רציונלית ובהירה שהופכת את הסיפור לבלתי נתפס עוד יותר. הוא מהווה כתב אישום חריף נגד החברה הקולומביאנית ונגד הכנסיה הקתולית שבמקום להתמקד בילד ובאדם התמקדה בישו ובממונות. זוהי עדות בוטה לחמדנות והגרגרנות של הכנסיה שהעלימה עין מהמפעל המשגשג לריקמה ומתת התנאים שבהן חיו הילדות. תנאי עבדות מחפירים. לקרוא, להזדעזע ולהיות גאים באדם שרייס הצליחה להיות בסופו של דבר.

  • Vasilis Manias
    2019-04-20 21:54

    Δεν γνώριζα ποιά ήταν η Έμμα Ρέγιες πριν ξεκινήσω την ανάγνωση των 23ων επιστολών που έγραψε ούσα ενήλικη και αναγνωρισμένη καλλιτεχνικά στον φίλο της Χερμάν Ανεσίγιας, και για να πω την αλήθεια λίγο πριν τη μέση του, το βιβλίο αυτό που διηγείται τη θλιβερή ενηλικίωση ενός ορφανού κοριτσιού από την Κολομβία, κάπου στις πρώτες του 100 σελίδες ένοιωσα να με κουράζει για αυτό και το παρατησα στην άκρη για 2 μήνες. Με το που το ξαναέπιασα όμως στα χέρια μου, έμοιαζε λες και η σπαρακτική ιστορία του ανήλικου αυτού παιχνιδιάρη παρία να είχε βγάλει μέσα μου ρίζες βαθιές, και ολοκλήρωσα κοντά 150 σελίδες δίχως ανάσα, σελίδες που απέπνεαν έναν αέρα ανεξαρτησίας, ελευθερίας, χιούμορ και μίας παιδικότητας που μπορεί να μην εκδηλώθηκε στην αυθεντική της μορφή ούτε στιγμή, παρόλα αυτά όμως η μικρή Έμμα έδειχνε να στέκεται πάντα όρθια, με μία πελώρια δύναμη και μία άσβεστη ελπίδα για μία καλύτερη ζωή, απέναντι σε όλες τις δυσκολίες που διαβάζοντάς τις, σου σφίγγεται η καρδιά. Και κανείς δεν ξέρει αν οι αναμνήσεις της ειναι αναμεμειγμένες με στιγμές μυθοπλασίας, παρόλα αυτά είναι δικές της, κατάδικές της, και με την έκδοση του συγγεκριμένου έργου αποτελούν πλέον σίγουρα αναπόσταστο τμήμα της ιστορικής μνήμης ενός ολόκληρου λαού.

  • Xenia Germeni
    2019-04-21 01:48

    Αν και δεν το λες εύκολο ανάγνωσμα διακοπών, το βιβλίο αυτό μοιάζει απλό (ναι και τί μας νοιαζει πως έζησε τα παιδικα της χρόνια μια ακόμη πτωχη ;). Μας νοιαζει διοτι δυστυχως δεν έχει αλλαξει τίποτα από τότε! Η Reyes ξεκίνησε να γράφει θεραπευτικά και προέκυψε ένα πραγματικά δυνατό και αξιοθαύμαστο βιβλίο, με απλές φράσεις. Μοιάζει με θεραπευτικες συνεδρίες αλλά μοιάζει και με ημερολόγιο...Έχει ένα εξαιρετικό παράρτημα που σε αφήνει άφωνο και σε οδηγεί στα μονοπάτια της γραφής και του κόσμου της Reyes αλλά και της λατινοαμερικάνικης λογοτεχνίας για μια ακόμη φορα.

  • Penny (Literary Hoarders)
    2019-05-01 01:11

    This was a memoir written in letters by Emma Reyes. She had a very bizarre, incredibly impoverished and astonishingly abusive upbringing. Her mother was someone Emma and her sister referred to as Mrs. Maria. After years of abuse that included horrific violence that included being locked in closets, rooms, etc for the entire day, sometimes days, Mrs. Maria abandoned them and the girls were taken to a convent. The majority, in fact most, of this memoir is stories from the convent. This was a "good" read, if I can phrase it that, but it wasn't a gripping one - there was a great deal of the everyday storytelling of the common everyday happenings in the convent so it wasn't the most fascinating story once Emma arrives at the convent? For certain, her days there weren't all wonderful either. But, I don't know - it probably doesn't sound right to say - but it was a good read, but nothing exceptional for me. Emma Reyes did overcome and came of age in exceptionally bizarre and terrible conditions - but this memoir does not cover her adult years and the moving forward to her adult life as a successful artist. Sorry for the ramble. I started this when it was relevant for #WomeninTranslation month and finished it this weekend. Thank you to Viking/Penguin US for sending the hardcover of The Book of Emma Reyes.

  • Shira
    2019-05-01 21:01

    הספר הזה פצע לי את הלב.זה ספר בלתי נשכח.

  • Mónica Mar
    2019-05-10 01:59

    ¿La epístola protesta es un género literario? Lo dudo muchísimo, pero si lo fuera, Memoria por correspondencia sería el póster ideal. Si bien la protesta no es explícita —el candor tanto de la Reyes narradora como de la Reyes protagonista es demasiado nítido; su rencor, casi nulo—, los abusos que padece una Emma infante a manos de una figura monstruo-maternal y luego a manos de una horda de monjas crueles y explotadoras (¿existen entes más despreciables que las monjas católicas?) iluminan la médula de una sociedad profundamente clasista y racista y de una religión profundamente hipócrita y sádica. La voz de Reyes, sin embargo, nunca se diluye en odios rancios o en señalamientos inútiles; de hecho, la narración toma distancia desde el principio, y Reyes procura insuflarle la ingenuidad de la Emma niña y adolescente, dejando los juicios de valor al lector. Memoria por correspondencia es forma y sustancia literarias puras, más la segunda que la primera, pero aun así, es casi que la épica de una heroína heterodoxa, solo que en la Colombia tumultuosa del siglo XX.

  • lalsayed
    2019-05-07 19:50

    Η Emma δεν είναι μια ενήλικη συγγραφέας. Η Emma είναι ένα παιδί γεμάτο πληγές που διηγείται όσα ζει σαν να είναι η πιο φυσιολογική ζωή που θα μπορούσε να έχει κάποιος. Είναι σπαρακτικό να διαβάζεις πως ένα παιδί βλέπει την εγκατάλειψη, τη βία, το θυμό και την αποπλάνηση από τους ενήλικες. Πόση απορία γεμίζει την παιδική ψυχή ότι δεν αγαπιέται. Ναι, τα παιδικά χρόνια της Emma ανήκουν σε όλους μας πια.

  • Alberto José Echeverri Ortiz
    2019-05-21 02:56

    Un relato tan íntimo, tan sereno, que abre la puerta de la memoria, la omnipotencia de la literatura para llevarnos a otro mundo, a otra vida, y a través de ella ver en clave de abandono y reclusión, la libertad del espíritu de Emma.Bellísimo.

  • Liz
    2019-04-29 20:01

    DAMN! This was a fun read and a very good book club pick, if I do say so myself. Would recommend. Plus: it's short!I also feel like this would be a fun "young adult" book to assign to mature teenage readers (maybe that's just because the jacket cover compares it to 'House on Mango Street'). One big theme of the book was using "kid logic" to deal with life's biggest questions and mysteries. It also seemed like, by committing to writing from this very limited, childlike point of view, it creates quite a bit of mystery in the narrative. For all the ways in which "Mrs. Maria" is portrayed at arms length in the narrative, I think Emma Reyes feels a lot more devastated and angry about being abandoned by her mother than she lets on in the text. And judging from the short but very helpful intro that fills in some details from her adult life, it's hard to not look at the section where the indigenous maid abandons Emma's baby brother (which Emma describes as "the cruelest moment" of her young life), and not be like, how was writing that NOT influenced by the fact that Emma's first baby was killed before her eyes in Paraguay?! So I feel like, as much as the memoir is trying VERY HARD to suck you into this pure, unfiltered childlike perspective (and it's extremely successful at doing so!)... I think there are quite a few bits where "adulthood" leaks in. This isn't a critique -- this is part of what I think makes the memoir so interesting! The tone of the book makes you, the reader, feel as though Emma has done this amazingly accurate job at capturing how young children think and feel. But maybe the point of Emma using that tone is to distract you from her true intentions. The limited, childlike perspective/tone is so well done and so consistent, it makes you forget that as a memoirist, Emma is making very conscious decisions about how to narrate these events, and narrate the "logic" of her life story. Is she using this childlike tone to mask over the extremely painful and vivid adult feelings related to these memories? I think she is! #deepthoughts

  • Jee Koh
    2019-04-21 23:06

    The Book of Emma Reyes is a revelation. Godmother to Latin American writers and artists in Paris, Emma Reyes was illiterate until her late teens, escaped from grinding poverty and the convent in Columbia, to Buenos Aires and then Paris, to re-invent herself as painter. The memoir, written as a series of letters to Colombian historian and critic Germán Arciniegas, won praise from Gabriel Garcia Marquez. As translated by Daniel Alarcón, the style is artfully simple and wholly faithful to the world. No literary flourishes, no imaginative metaphors. Just a sustaining belief that the material itself holds its own interest.

  • Valentina Quiceno
    2019-04-26 01:00

    «La casa en que vivíamos se compañía de una sola y única pieza muy pequeña, sin ventanas y con una única puerta que daba a la calle».

  • Olethros
    2019-05-12 01:47

    -Mirando hacia atrás sin ira.-Género. Novela (dificilísimo de clasificar, pero dejémoslo ahí por no poner más etiquetas al blog, pero no se olviden de que no es ficción).Lo que nos cuenta. Recopilación de 23 cartas que la artista colombiana Emma Reyes escribió a su amigo Germán Arciniegas entre 1969 y 1997, escritas en su madurez pero que rememoran sus recuerdos desde que era sólo una niña hasta que abandona el convento en el que llegó a vivir.¿Quiere saber más de este libro, sin spoilers? Visite:http://librosdeolethros.blogspot.com/...

  • Hernán M. Sanabria
    2019-04-24 03:04

    Buen trabajo recopilatorio que por momentos me hizo olvidar que estaba leyendo cartas, en especial la narración del abandono de Emma y Helena, la cual es devastadora. Aunque no es culpa del libro, es una verdadera lástima que la correspondencia no abarcara la adultez de Emma o las impresiones de Arciniegas (más allá del anexo). Desearía que la existencia de estos documentos hipotéticos estuvieran en buenas manos y próximos a publicar.

  • Fernanda Kersman
    2019-05-20 23:08

    Para los que, como yo, quedaron atrapados por estas cartas (o más bien, por el relato de una infancia de película que terminó de la manera más inesperada, por suerte para su autora), una nota en la que se develan algunos de los misterios que quedan planteados al final del libro: http://www.soho.com.co/zona-cronica/a...

  • David Fernández
    2019-05-09 01:56

    Un recuento de la dura niñez que vivió esta artista colombiana, que hasta este momento desconocía totalmente. Si les gusta la literatura bucólica este libro es altamente recomendado. Primer libro comprado en el kindle store!!!

  • Margarita Gómez
    2019-05-09 03:05

    Es casi imposible parar de leerlo. Es de esos libros que son toda una experiencia. Súper recomendado.

  • Sergio Camacho Iannini
    2019-05-18 22:13

    De los mejores libros que he leído. Cartas escritas con tal inocencia que hacen que el lector pase por diferentes emociones, desde la tristeza hasta la risa. Recomendadísimo.

  • Misanagi
    2019-05-04 00:06

    Increíble. Este libro es adictivo. Desde las primeras palabras de la primera carta la narrativa de Emma Reyes te atrapa y no te suelta hasta la última firma. Lo amé de comienzo a fin.

  • Sylvia
    2019-04-21 20:51

    "Abrazos a la familia," cierra cada carta mientras Una se queda sin aliento.

  • Bobby
    2019-04-23 21:05

    Vividly written, but somehow still not very interesting. It describes a young life similar, unfortunately, to what much of the poorer classes of the world have to experience. The ending is abrupt and you don't have the sense that life has opened up for her after the final event.Can't help feeling the book is overrated. Despite her upbringing I think Reyes was smarter than average and lucky. I sense that she knew how and with what kind of people to keep company (literary/arts) and was very good at marketing her early life to them, therefore getting more exposure than she may have really deserved. She was no Márquez or Kahlo, but existed on the edge of those artistic worlds.A couple of things mentioned in the adulatory translator's introduction caught my attention and says a lot about her psyche. One was witnessing her child murdered in front of her during civil war in Paraguay; another was her striking and presumably killing a pedestrian while she worked as a cab driver in Rome then fleeing the country rather than face justice. Is the latter balanced out by the horrors perpetrated on her throughout her life? I think it's rather a negative example of her opportunistic ability to remove herself from unpleasant situations. And a tribute to her marketing skills that this episode isn't better known, similar to the marred legacies of Anne Perry or William Burroughs.

  • Angela
    2019-04-30 22:12

    Despite relentless dispiriting conditions, Emma Reyes letters abound with spirit and vitality. I prepared myself to finish this memoir with a heavy heart, inevitably; I knew what I was going into. The magic of Reyes writing is that access to her vigorous perception creates a sense of seeing things as they truly were -- and there was sadness aplenty -- but this experience of truly seeing is invigorating. Reyes' retelling is captivating and intuitively well-woven. I enjoyed reading, and read the memoir very quickly as a result. In addition to infusing the unfortunate with a fascinating, honest power, there is a tone of baffled amusement; that Reyes marvelled at her conditions, in remembering them. I felt as though I had been taken in confidence to marvel along with her, and even the least pleasant people from her past became larger than life, memorable fixtures in my imagination. I'm so glad for this being translated, as this story deserves to be told on many shores. Advisory notes:In terms of audience suitability, I would be comfortable reading this with a high school English class from around age 15; * There are references to conception having occurred out of wedlock, but no descriptions of sex.* A man in poor mental health exposes himself and micturates, without gratuitous detail.* There are a handful of curses relating to defecation. * Brief scene involving man-handling of a young girl's breasts. It is a tale of triumph told from childhood memory, far removed from first world experience. Review copy received from Hachette.

  • Santiago
    2019-04-21 01:14

    Memorias por correspondencia relata a través de cartas los diferentes sucesos que transcurren en la vida de Emma Reyes en su infancia - adolescencia, desde el confinamiento que recuerda en la casa en Bogotá a sus 2 años (extraordinario que una persona tenga recuerdos desde esa edad) hasta que logra escapar de un convento a los 19 años en donde termina al ser abandonada junto con su hermana, Helena. Las cartas tomarán como escenario, en su mayoría, el convento al cual Emma va a parar y donde vivirá las peores experiencias de su vida. Conocerá la opresión, injusticia social, soledad, la imaginación innata de una niña de su edad, amistad. La cantidad de abusos que sufre Emma a manos de estas monjas -unas menos malas que otras- es esa clara alegoría que se hace a una sociedad hipócrita en donde de "dientes para afuera" todo es felicidad, resguardo y amor en orfelinatos pero en su interior es solo un caldo de clasismo, esclavitud, negación del ser, "El recuerdo que yo tenía de muy chiquita en el mundo con la Sra. María también se me había olvidado..."Me quedo con esos relatos que son contados desde una óptica muy íntima e inocente de niña. Emma no se desafora a hablar mal del convento o de la hipocresía de la iglesia, porque ningún niño lo hace, sino que se centra en relatar, ingenuamente e incluso de forma divertida, los años más duros de su vida.

  • Brooke Salaz
    2019-05-03 01:57

    Moving tale told in letters written by Emma Reyes to a friend. Retrospective portrayal of a childhood in Columbia in the early 20th century of unimaginable deprivation, and but for rare exceptions, bereft of love, in a near matter of fact manner. We meet her at 4 with her older sister Helena living with someone of unknown relationship to her called Miss Maria who acts as their sole guardian. Miss Maria abandons two little boys, one an infant, and eventually Emma and Helena as well and they are found and taken in by a convent where kindness is a rarity and forced child labor and beatings and starvation, more the norm. But still Emma tells a lively tale of herself as a tiny, not beautiful or intelligent waif who does have an aptitude for embroidery. Instruction is lacking though Helena does find herself in a situation where she learns to read. True testament to the power of the human spirit as Emma eventually becomes an intellectual artist with many friends and apparently traveled widely.

  • Theresa
    2019-05-04 21:04

    Locks, keys, and the click of keys locking doors echo throughout the remarkable memoir of Latin American artist Emma Reyes' childhood in Colombia, a contrast to the rich creative spirit and imagination revealed. Her childhood is told in a series of letters, revealing grinding poverty, cruelty, yet also an incredible creative spirit strong enough to survive. Beautifully and compellingly written, I found myself unable to set it aside when I finished it. I actually had to go back to read some of it again.Reyes, a painter, is a gifted storyteller, making one yearn for more literary works from her. One can but hope that the trunks of papers found upon her death in 2003 lead to future publications.This book was an impulse buy at a local bookstore which had just hosted a reading and discussion with the translator, Daniel Alarcon. I so wish I had known! Read for pleasure, but found it fit as my book by a person of color for 2017 Pop Sugar Reading Challenge.

  • Maritza Buendia
    2019-05-08 02:14

    "Memoria por correspondencia" cuenta la devastadora infancia de la pintora colombiana Emma Reyes. Es un relato epistolar (autobiográfico) compuesto por 23 cartas escritas en primera persona en la voz inocente de una niña atrapada en una infancia llena de pobreza, desamor, abandono y bajo el yugo de las supersticiones religiosas de las monjas de un convento salesiano. Sin embargo, sus recuerdos conservan la magia y la ingenuidad de la infancia y nos cuenta con naturalidad y sencillez tanto sus sufrimientos como sus momentos de felicidad, sus sueños y esperanzas.Es un relato muy conmovedor de la niñez de Emma que no conoció a sus padres y que vivió sus primeros años con una mujer (que pudo ser su madre) en condiciones insalubres, paupérrimas, de miseria y maltratada y sin cariño, y finalmente abandonada. Sus penalidades continuaron en el convento a donde fue a terminar con su hermana, Helena. Desde aquí la narración se centra en su reclusión en el convento. La niña fue víctima de explotación laboral, mala alimentación y abuso sicológico (el miedo al pecado, el diablo y el infierno) por parte de estas monjas y sus creencias religiosas impuestas por un sistema hipócrita que por un lado pregona la bondad y el amor a dios y al prójimo, pero que en realidad es tan cínico, clasista y tal vez hasta más siniestro que otro cualquiera.Las 23 cartas relatan la historia de los años formativos (hasta los 18 años) de la vida de esta famosa pintora que se pudo superar y vivir una vida plena y obtener fama y éxito a pesar de tan humildes e injustos comienzos. Es prueba del espíritu indómito y la valentía de una mujer que le ganó la partida a un destino que se obstinaba en doblegarla.

  • Tara
    2019-05-10 20:53

    Emma Reyes was a Columbian painter of the mid-20th century, known for her friendships with Frida Kahlo and others. This book, based on a series letters written to a friend over many years, forms a 'memoir in correspondence' of her childhood, which also inspired her art. Born into abject poverty, she spent her early years at the mercy of a strange woman who never called herself a mother. After being abandoned in a train station, Emma and her sister toiled for the next fifteen years in a convent, subject to the often cruel whims of the Catholic church. This slim volume is utterly illuminating, and heartbreaking.

  • Carlo Mars
    2019-05-16 02:52

    Emma Reyes. Prima di acquistare questo libro, nulla conoscevo di lei. Una donna colombiana, una pittrice, per tutta la sua vita. Non è stata una scrittrice, o meglio, ha scritto solo questo libro. Se vogliamo specificare ancora meglio, è morta da non-scrittrice. Il libro è uscito postumo. Questo è un epistolario, composto da 23 lettere che Emma spedì al suo amico Gèrman Arciniegas, dalla Francia alla Colombia, nell'arco di ben trent'anni. Un viaggio a ritroso, le lettere che spedisce al suo Paese natio, e che a ritroso vanno a raccontare la sua infanzia. Infanzia drammatica, dolorosa, incredibile, assurda. La prefazione di Tiziana Lo Porto è bellissima: "E' di alcuni scrittori un talento speciale nel raccontare l'infanzia. L'altrui alcune volte, altre volte la propria. I migliori sono quelli che da adulti riescono a essere bambini, credibili in ogni improbabile fantastico accadimento narrato, come credibili sanno essere solo i bambini. Scrivono libri per dire al mondo la propria infanzia e, al tempo stesso, per prendersi cura di sè stessi bambini". Bellissimo. Ed è così.Emma racconta i suoi primi anni di vita, da quando aveva 4 anni, con sua sorella, di un anno e mezzo più grande. C'è una donna, con loro, non sappiamo se fosse la mamma, ma da madre non si comporta. Non c'è nessun padre. C'è una stanza, in cui vengono recluse per tutto il giorno. Povertà assoluta, i migliori momenti sono quelli dove si gioca con altri bambini in una discarica, in mezzo al fango. Sono buttate in un angolo come oggetti, con pochissimo cibo, una povertà spaventosa. Costrette a lavorare. Ma sono bambine, Dio santo, sono solo due bambine. Nessuno le ama. Nessuno le considera non solo come figlie, ma anche solo come esseri umani. Sono due pesi, due pacchi da esibire e da portare in giro solo quando serve, e ogni volta che si sposteranno saranno rinchiuse dietro ad una porta, ad un cancello, ad un lucchetto. Ed ecco il convento."Faceva tutto parte del mondo eccetto noi… Non ci era permesso chiedere spiegazioni su niente, qualunque cosa riguardasse il mondo era peccato punto e basta; per questo nelle nostre preghiere, sia in quelle prima di iniziare a lavorare sia in quelle della sera, dicevamo sempre un paio di Ave Maria per i nostri clienti peccatori che ci beneficiavano perché noi potessimo mangiare e salvarci l’anima."Faceva tutto parte del mondo...eccetto noi...In questi lunghissimi anni ci saranno momenti belli, ma sono troppi, i momenti di sofferenza, di dolore vero. Ma è qui che la Reyes mostra la sua originale bravura. Non penso che la maggioranza di noi, avendo passato quel che ha passato lei, avrebbe la forza di raccontarlo. Lei ce l'ha, e riesce a farlo con lo sguardo della bambina che era, con la curiosità che aveva a quel tempo, con lo stupore che aveva, l'incoscienza che aveva. E' Emma bambina, che ci scrive, ed è terribilmente magnifico. E ci mostra quanto i bambini riescano a trovare rifugio nelle illusioni, nei sogni, nella fantasia, quando la realtà si mostra malvagia verso di loro. Bambini pieni, ricolmi di paura, paura in massima parte causata dagli adulti. E' una storia che è lontanissima da noi, temporalmente, eppure siamo lì con lei, sentiamo il suo dolore. E' faticoso, leggere. E' faticoso ascoltare quel dolore. Ma colpisce il come ce lo descriva, non tanto la sua quantità. Ogni lettera si conclude con una frase che è uno stiletto al cuore. La numero otto per me è stata la più dura da mandare giù, e finisce, infatti, con una frase che spiega bene i sentimenti provati dalla scrittrice e anche dal lettore: "Mio caro, sono triste perchè questa lettera non è venuta come avrei voluto, ma non ho il coraggio di riscriverla"."Non piangevo, perchè le lacrime non sarebbero bastate, non urlavo perchè il sentimento di ribellione era più forte della mia voce". Non la dimenticherò mai, la lettera numero otto.Questa donna ha imparato a leggere e a scrivere da adulta. Riflettiamo su questo, su quanta forza abbia avuto nel cuore per arrivare a questi livelli. Chiudo, di nuovo attingendo alla prefazione:"Non sempre devi voler essere scrittore per diventarlo. Nè devi scrivere molti libri. Emma Reyes non voleva diventare una scrittrice, e di libro ne ha scritto solo uno, questo. E tuttavia basta leggere poche pagine per capire che la scrittura è un'arte di cui è stata padrona tanto quanto lo è stata della vita. Poi, a cercare ancora un po' tra quel che resta di Emma Reyes, si scopre che la cosa che scriveva soprattutto erano amorose impareggiabili lettere agli amici. Lettere comiche, affettuose, dolorose, che scriveva e mandava senza mai ostentare nulla, solo per dare notizia di sé e mantenere vivo il sentimento nella distanza dalle città vissuteo di passaggio e dalle persone amate o anche semplicemente rispettate che in un modo o nell'altro avevano migliorato la sua vita, come capita sempre quando si vive sparsi per il mondo. A oggi non ci sono biografie di Emma Reyes e tutto quello che si sa di lei lo abbiamo appreso dagli amici. Che è un bel modo di sapere. Dicono che di lettere ne abbia scritte a centinaia. Dicono che le lettere le scriveva su una stupenda carta di seta dai colori pastello. Dicono che aveva una calligrafia curiosa, piena di errori di ortografia forse dovuti al fatto che aveva imparato a leggere e scrivere adolescente, forse alla noncuranza. Ma gli amici erano innamorati di quegli errori, mai difetto e sempre valore aggiunto, qualcosa non da compatire ma quasi da invidiare. Uno spagnolo calpestato e scritto a mano, con qualche s in meno e alcune parole francesi in più. Nessuno più scrive così".Musica: Jeremy, Pearl Jamhttps://youtu.be/MS91knuzoOA