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A Love Letter from a Stray Moon
by Jay Griffiths

A Love Letter from a Stray Moon reimagines the exceptional life and uncompromising art of Frida Kahlo, and does so allegorically. It is the story of many different women channelled through the journey of one.

Author: Jay Griffiths

Published: March 2014

SKU: 9781908213174 Category: Tags: , , ,

£12.00

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‘A wonderful book. It’s like a dress that Kahlo invented for herself.’ John Berger

‘A stunning allegory about love, art and revolution. She makes every word, every scene, in this passionate narrative count. It’s brilliant work.’ Barry Lopez

Frida Kahlo transformed the emotional and physical pain of her life into art. Her paintings make visible the invisible, interior experiences of many women. They speak of loss, loneliness, her struggle to have children, her lovers, a bus accident that shattered her body and spirit. But they are also full of passion and warmth, each canvas a defiant celebration of what it is to be human.

A Love Letter from a Stray Moon reimagines the exceptional life and uncompromising art of Frida Kahlo, and does so allegorically, using Kahlo as a cipher for the experiences of the women—including the author—who identify with her.

Much more than the portrait of an artist, this is a vision that resonates with grief, rebellion and transcendence. It is the story of many different women channelled through the journey of one.

JAY GRIFFITHS

216 x 156mm hardback
120 pages

Foreword by John Berger
Cover artwork by Bridget McCrum
ISBN 978-1-908213-17-4

Additional information

Weight306 g
Dimensions16 x 162 x 216 mm

Reviews

  1. Some writers treat each book as a separate beast, to be built or bred according to particular, individual principles. Others just keep writing the same endless book, letting the words flow out from a single source and barely acknowledging the boundaries of page and cover. Jay Griffiths is a writer of the second sort.

    Her driving, visionary, poetic prose has spilled through three urgent non-fiction books now – Pip Pip, Wild and Kith, tackling our relationship to time, the earth and childhood, respectively – and two shorter fictional books: Anarchipelago, about the road protests on the 1990s, and this, a novella-length prose poem inspired by the life of Mexican painter Frida Kahlo.

    Read the full review by Jonathan Gibbs in The Independent.

    Also read ‘Frida Khalo: life of hope and defiance’ in The Guardian.

  2. “I can’t get over this hangover,” a tequila-drinking parrot squawked in the courtyard. The household seethed with monkeys, tiny Itzcuintli dogs, an osprey, tame doves and a pet fawn: companions and perhaps child-substitutes for their artist-owner Frida Kahlo. Lemons, watermelons and flowers filled the house, and an organ cactus scraped the sky. Near so much life, death jangled a different music: she kept a foetus which a doctor had sent her as a gift in her bedroom, as a Mexican-style memento mori; a cardboard skeleton wore Frida’s clothes; and the bed’s canopy had a huge mirror so that, when bedridden, she could paint herself, a still life, a stilled life.

    Read the full essay by Jay Griffiths in The Guardian.

    Also read ‘Masks of Fiction’ by Jay Griffiths.

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