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Una emocionante novela sobre Dora Maar y su apasionante relación con Picasso en el París bohemio de los años treinta. Una escritora prepara una novela sobre la vida de Dora Maar, una de las artistas con mayor talento del surrealismo hasta que su vida se cruzó con la de Pablo Ruiz Picasso. Amante, musa y, finalmente, víctima del artista, Dora emprende un viaje a Venecia queUna emocionante novela sobre Dora Maar y su apasionante relación con Picasso en el París bohemio de los años treinta. Una escritora prepara una novela sobre la vida de Dora Maar, una de las artistas con mayor talento del surrealismo hasta que su vida se cruzó con la de Pablo Ruiz Picasso. Amante, musa y, finalmente, víctima del artista, Dora emprende un viaje a Venecia que marcará un punto de infl exión en su vida. A su regreso a París, se retirará del mundo, encerrándose en su apartamento para siempre. Cuando se cumplen cuarenta años de la muerte del genio malagueño, Zoé Valdés se adentra en el alma de una mujer que fue capaz de todo por amor, y nos regala una vívida y emocionante novela sobre la pasión llevada al límite....

Title : La mujer que llora
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ISBN : 9788408013914
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 384 Pages
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La mujer que llora Reviews

  • Marjorie
    2019-05-12 07:55

    I’ve always enjoyed reading about artists and their muses. I truly thought I would love reading about Dora Maar and Pablo Picasso. But this book did not hold my interest at all nor did I care about any of these shallow people. Unfortunately, I’m not able to recommend it.This is a tragic story about an artist in her own right, Dora Maar, who was obsessed with a “genius” artist, Pablo Picasso. Dora was the model for Picasso’s famous “The Weeping Woman” and was involved with him for nine years. She ends up having a mental breakdown due to his treatment of her. Fifteen years later, Dora takes a trip to Venice with two admirers of Picasso, Bernard Minoret and James Lord. After this short trip, Dora shuts out the world and becomes a recluse. The author interviews the two men to try to find out what happened on that trip. The author is an award-winning novelist and I was expecting a heart wrenching passionate book. It wasn’t that for me.The book is written in alternating chapters going back and forth between Dora telling of her trip with Bernard and James, plus thinking back on her memories of Picasso, and then autobiographical chapters of the author and her pursuit of this story, plus her exile from Cuba. The book didn’t flow at all and seemed very disjointed, especially the sections about Dora. I found the autobiographical chapters about the author to be more coherent. The Dora chapters were hard to follow and jumped all over the place. There would be a mention of Max Jacob, a poet who had asked for his close friend Picasso’s help when he was sent to a German concentration camp. Chapters later it would be mentioned again and yet again chapters later. There is a lot of name dropping, almost constant, such as so and so said this about Dora’s eyes and so and so said that about her intellect.It also appears from the books I’ve recently read that today’s historical novels about artists must contain a lot of explicit, coarse sex scenes. This one meets that standard quite well. There’s in particular a very descriptive sex orgy scene that I could have done without. Passion can be written quite seductively but not like this. Of course, this was sex involving Picasso so possibly there was no other way to write it. The book reinforced my opinion of Picasso as a cruel madman but I expected to have more sympathy for Dora.This book was given to me by the publisher through Edelweiss in return for an honest review.

  • Pilar
    2019-05-21 05:38

    Pese a que el tema me fascinaba (y me sigue fascinando): la figura de Dora Maar en sí misma pero también su tormentosa relación con Pablo Picasso, la forma me ha ido sacando constantemente de la novela. Su estructura, para mí, entorpece más que agiliza la historia, entremezcla capítulos de la vida personal de la autora que no vienen muy a cuento, no encajan y, sobre todo, te sacan repentinamente de una historia que va y viene, a saltos, en un meandro estructural que te saca constantemente del cauce de la novela; una lástima, porque la historia es interesante. Tampoco el estilo de esta autora me ha enganchado, es la primera obra que leo de ella pero no me han quedado ganas de repetir. Me ha costado cinco meses poder acabar este libro y lo he acabado por orgullo torero, porque me niego a dejar un libro a medias aunque a menudo me pese la culpa por desperdiciar un tiempo que podría estar empleando en otros.En fin.

  • Patricia
    2019-05-04 10:44

    I'm trying to think of a way to express why I fell deeply in love with this novel. I think it boils down to this: this book made me want to be a writer. It also made me to start it again the second I'd finished it.

  • Nymeria
    2019-04-29 10:52

    This book tells a story about a magnificant woman, and a great artist -Dora Maar.Its told from different points of view,different characters tell their story from other time periods. So we travel from 2008. to 1939., from Paris to Venice and Cuba... with just one flip of the page.

  • Armando Lucas Correa
    2019-05-05 09:45

    One of her best novels. Una historia apasionante escrita por la mejor novelista cubana.

  • Sara
    2019-05-14 12:41

    Interesantísima historia, no me gusto el estilo... sigo sin entender por qué le dieron el premio.

  • Dianne Landry
    2019-05-12 08:44

    I picked this book up because I thought the story of real life Picasso muse, Dora Maar, who shut herself away from the world after a five (or eight) day trip to Venice with two of his admirers sounded interesting. Boy was I wrong. The writing is so overly flowery and descriptive it had me yawning at chapter 2. The skipping back and forth between the modern writer's view and Dora's was not well done. It was sometimes hard to tell who was writing which chapter. I got so bored that by page 75 I knew it was going back to the library, and it did.

  • Cristina
    2019-05-18 04:43

    I purchased this ebook, as it was on sale. It definitely must not be one of her best works. I did not enjoy it one bit, except for the moments I felt compelled to look up art works and other references throughout the first chapter. Besides that, the novel does not employ any interesting narrative techniques (at least that I can identify in this translation) that make me feel that the Valdes is attempting to engage her readers in interesting ways.

  • Joe Cummings
    2019-04-24 08:50

    To be reviewed later.

  • Marija Savic
    2019-05-08 10:40

    Ne znam zašto sebe mučim ovakvim knjigama.

  • Maritza Buendia
    2019-05-07 11:26

    En "La mujer que llora", Zoé Valdés narra sobre la vida y las experiencias de algunos de los más famosos artistas surrealistas y de la vida cultural del Paris de la época donde se derrochaba libertad, creatividad y amor libre, pero donde también se vivían unos años tensos políticamente hablando. La mujer que llora es por supuesto, Dora Maar quien vivió un tórrido romance con Picasso con consecuencias nefastas en mi opinión para ella. Picasso se ve retratado en esta obra no sólo como artista (genio) sino como ser humano a través de las vivencias y recuerdos de Dora Maar. Podrá haber sido un genio indiscutible, pero como persona, (déspota, arrogante, mal amigo, cruel) deja un mal sabor, un pésimo recuerdo que creo perdurará en mi memoria cada vez que me vea expuesta a su famosa obra (hasta que lea la obra de alguien que lo defienda o reivindique, si es posible).Según Valdés, Picasso fue un genio al que todos pusieron en un pedestal por su dotes de artista, pero que sin embargo era de una personalidad muy compleja, de trato duro y cruel, especialmente con las mujeres que lo amaron y primordialmente con Dora. Dora, su víctima, mucho más joven que él, hermosa, sensual y de ávida inteligencia se dejó llevar por a una pasión desaforada por Picasso a quien consideró su dios y por quien se perdió en un torbellino patético que la llevó al borde de la locura y finalmente al abandono y la soledad.La novela se centra en el viaje que Dora emprendió a Venecia (años después del rompimiento con Picasso) junto con James Lord y Bernand Minoret, el que una vez finalizado marca el punto crítico donde ella decide recluirse para siempre del mundo entero en su apartamento de Paris en una especie de suicidio, para morir poco a poco. No sé si yo lo llamaría precisamente por amor, sino más bien como una forma de autoflagelación emocional que perpleja. La mujer que llora tiene muchos momentos autobiográficos, relatos reales mezclados con ficción que tratan sobre el amor, el abandono, la soledad y también sobre la felicidad que experimentan, por demás efímera pero muy intensa, los que viven por el arte. Todos los que fueron alguien en el ámbito del arte en aquella época hacen su aparición en esta obra, entre ellos: Remedios Varo, Max Jacob, Leonora Carrington, George Bataille, Eluard, Max Ernst, Leonor Fini, etc. etc.La novela entrelaza al narrador en primera y tercera persona en capítulos contados sobre el plan de la autora para escribir la obra, el viaje de Dora a Venecia con James y Bernard y los viajes de la memoria al pasado de Dora y Picasso con sus pocos deleites, desenfrenos y agonías con consecuencias devastadoras. Una obsesión que ella vive en su mente hasta el fin de sus días, sin descanso. Es como ver la misma película una y otra vez en la mente, en la cual el héroe/villano es Picasso, la víctima es ella y sólo existe el pasado. No existe el final feliz y el escurridizo olvido nunca llega, pues sólo vendrá con la muerte (Se murió seguro con el nombre de Picasso en sus labios). ¡Fatal! Tanto talento y tanta congoja. Su lectura es fácil, de prosa sencilla, elegante y muy cautivadora.

  • Judith Works
    2019-05-21 06:44

    I had a hard time with this book. It is a convoluted story about a woman's search for the meaning of a missing period in Dora Maar's unhappy relationship with Picasso after he dumped her in favor of the next woman. Might be very interesting to those who are fascinated with the painter and his fraught relations with mistresses and wives.

  • Craig Masten
    2019-04-23 12:38

    Weeping Woman by Zoe Valdez is a novel utilizing a modernist writing style, a dreamy disconnected or too intricately connected segments of interwoven narrative, past and present imagined happenings of the author herself projected into her novel alongside Picasso and his mistress Dora Maar. And many of those persons who were a part in theme or lives. I dead having to attempt unraveling such tangled skeins of queried narrative.characters and incidents introduced without sufficient reference which require either prior knowledge or independent research, something contemporary poetry relishes and has made it greatly inaccessible and unpopular to the general public. The author also I believe takes creative liberties portraying the known personas of the real people in her book, having them think and say and do things which don't jibe with evidence in the historical record. I read historical fiction to have the past fleshed out for me, to breathe life into the past to allow me to somehow vicariously be there, but a novelist's inventions which distort or contradict an established historical record serve to confuse a reader about what was real, insomuch as that is ever possible to achieve. There are interesting nuggets of information and lovely pieces of writing to be had, but also tedious stretches of repetitious musings and conversations between the author and her friends and family that Ed me to that least of all satisfying way of reading: skimming or skipping whole sections of uninteresting text. He life of Dora Maar is an intriguing mystery that invites interest, although her professed wish for no one to write about her gains some legitimacy for me in this novel which plays too imaginatively loose and free with what she wanted to be and remains private and unknown. Let me imagine Dora Maar would be horrified by the portrayals, and even though in the end the target clearly is a vicious attack on the character and image of Picasso, with sympathy for how he mistreated her and others. Picasso is certainly deserving of much much criticism as a man, but here again, I think he is better judged by his own words and deeds than the novelist's flamboyant inventions. These are my cautionary impressions if you enter this confounding whirlpool of a book. This author obviously felt a near obsessive love for her weeping woman, but I don't believe Dora Maar would have welcomed such attentions as Ms. Valdes imagined.

  • Anna Tonna
    2019-05-06 10:37

    Reading Zoe Valdés is always a somewhat upsetting but obsessive affair...multiple realities, switching dates that swing back and forth in the lives of her characters, plus her own first person narration keeps me guessing where I am in the timeline...she drinks from Proustian waters...she also puts herself in the skin of her protagonists in a tangible almost furious way, that I can only imagine makes herself iook in the mirror as in The a three faces of Eve. Always emotionally autobiographical, she manages to weave in her personal leitmotifs of exile, anger at injustice, the hypocrisy of the government of her country...but foremost in this book is her exploration and obsession towards the art, person and personal experience of the surrealist photographer Dora Maar...why would a brilliant intellectual artist of first rank willingly submit and subjugate her will to a destructive personal relationship with Pablo Picasso? Many times harrowing, but thankfully going back into a lull between the literary crescendos, her style is an acquired taste. An emotional intense female Cuban exile writer, now living in Paris, always with an emotional axe to grind, she's a roller coaster ride. Be prepared for long run on sentences, another Proustian trait she emulates. I read her in Spanish (this is my third book of hers that I read ), what do the French and English translators make of some of her adjectives? Despampanante, arrollante? Sometimes displaying a monstrous virtuosity, she might drive you crazy...if you're willing to inhabit her world for a while, she can enthrall.

  • Jacob
    2019-04-22 11:43

    I received this book for free through Goodreads Giveaways.A difficult time jumping narrative concerned with a Cuban writer trying to unbury the events of Dora Maar's, Picasso's lover and surrealist artist, 5 day (or 8 including travel) trip to Venice. It was after this trip Maar became a recluse, remaining in her apartment with her Picassos. The narrative shifts from the 1950s to the late 2000s and even the 1930s without it always being clear when the narrative is.The aforementioned writer is a fictionalized version of the author, Zoe Valdes. Indeed the book only feels fictionalized in that Dora Maar's viewpoint is provided where those thoughts or words might not have any direct evidence. Which is all the more frustrating when a key plot element is Maar being institutionalized but the when, and for how long are left lacking. If I had not won this book I would have not read it, or certainly not finished it. Those interested in the surrealists or Maar or Picasso might find something here, but I found it a long convoluted read.

  • Randi
    2019-05-08 06:30

    I picked up this book because I am intrigued by Dora Mar and all of the artists swirling around Picasso. However, I don't know if this book is badly translated or just badly written. The writing is flowery, and there is no plot or building tension to keep you going. I had to keep forcing myself to plod along, and threw in the towel at about page 175. The character of the narrator, or writer, came across as vain and unlikable. With Dora herself, I just couldn't take an a badly treated, basically abused woman, go on and on about how the only thing of value in her life is the genius (Picasso) who neglected and discarded her.

  • Sharon Huether
    2019-04-23 05:46

    I won this Free book througn Goodreads First reads.This book is full of bourgeois characters. Dora Maar and Picasso, muse and artist, lover and Queen. Dora wept in her paintings. Dora was a photographer and surrealist painter. Later in life she kept to herself in an appartment in Paris.

  • Eileen Mcclellan
    2019-04-26 08:27

    Actually, I couldn't finish it. Only one of a handful in 20 years. Life is too short.

  • Lu M.
    2019-04-21 09:49

    Excelente, de principio a fin.

  • Chris
    2019-04-28 07:51

    Very interesting story. Venice always pulls me in. And yet there was something very strange about this story. Can't put my finger on it.