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Product Details

  • Paperback: 354 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books; Original edition (September 25, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451632835
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451632835
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #365,960 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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F.G. Haghenbeck is a novelist, historian and comic-book writer. Has a degree in Architecture, LaSalle University Mexico city. He worked as museum designer, television producer and architect, until he was devoted to his literature career taking in full time job. Haghenbeck now is a well know fiction novelist on many countries. Is famous by his Noir-books, like the bestseller Trago Amargo (Bitter Drink), book winner of "Vuelta de tuerca award" for Best Mystery Novel 2006. Published on France (Denöel Edit.), Spain (Roca) and USA (Amazon Crossing). And bios of Mexican artists like Frida Kahlo: The secret book of Frida Kahlo (Atria) published on Germany, Holland, Brazil, USA, China, France, Serbia and Italy. Also wrote the books El Diablo me obligó, Aliento a Muerte and El Código Nazi.
On Comic books, he was the co-creator and co-writer of Crimson for DC Comics (1999-2002); creator and writer of Alternation (Image Comics, 2003); and the only professional Mexican writer in a Superman title (DC Comics). He wrote the graphic novel Corre democracia, corre with the artist Micro and Un mexicano en cada hijo. Also, is the creator of the children's books Santa vs. los vampiros, and Niña Mar with the artist Tony Sandoval.
The author is living in Tehuacan, Puebla with a beautiful chef (his wife), a young anarquist (his daughter), and Brandy (his dog).

About the Author

F. G. Haghenbeck, a native of Mexico, is an award-winning novelist and screenwriter. His novel Frida Kahlo’s Secret Book has been translated into ten languages. He lives in Tehuacán, Mexico.

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It seemed based on some facts but just didn't seem real.
Lynn Roddy
Through Haghenbeck's keen perspective, Frida's deeply personal art fills every page of the book with living color, bold shapes and haunting imagery.
Evelyn A. Getchell
I have read many books about Frida Kahlo but this one is very special.
Lee Chapman

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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Evelyn A. Getchell TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 4, 2012
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In The Secret Book of Frida Kahlo: A Novel author F. G. Haghenbeck returns to a formula that worked well for him in his first novel, Bitter Drink, and that is to fold into each chapter a recipe meant to add flavor to the story.

In BITTER DRINK the recipes are for cocktails or campy alcoholic beverages imbibed in and around the movie production of John Huston's THE NIGHT OF THE IGUANA. But in THE SECRET BOOK they are recipes of Mexican cookery from the private collection of Frida Kahlo, traditional recipes for food offerings on November 2, the Day of the Dead.

Frida's recipe collection is the "secret" notebook she calls "The Hierba Santa Book" and it is upon this book that Haghenbeck builds his fictional account of the life of Mexico's much loved cultural personality and wife of artist Diego Rivera, the painter Frida Kahlo.

Are these recipes really necessary? I think not. But they do add bulk to the book and for those cooks interested in preparing the traditional Mexican dishes for which the recipes are incorporated into the main body of the story, more practical adapted recipes are included at the end of the book.

The rest of the novel follows closely Frida's actual biography and it is strikingly rendered in a colorful, folkloric manner. Frida's life is examined through a complex prism which matches her complex personality. Those who are not familiar with Frida and her iconic art work will learn much about this passionate, visionary woman.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Ramos on October 4, 2013
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My wife is a fan of Frida Kahlo and she loved the book. It has some weird recipes blended into the stories.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sandra Cesca on June 23, 2013
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Nice history review of Frida and her life but it is the food and their recipes that make this book so enjoyable. I am ready to try some of them as I also live in Mexico and want to learn more about preparing authentic Mexican food.
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13 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Ranita5valle on January 3, 2013
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I have read everything written about Frida and have been to her house many times. I find her to be a truly inspiring, amazing woman. This book saddens me that it even exists. The only thing interesting about it are the basic facts about Frida's life. Other than that it is written from a male's point of view which does not capture anything close to Frida's spirit. As a reader you will come across so many sexist and just plain idiotic statements, you will end up thinking more about the writer himself than Frida. Statements like: "Like many women, she was discovering that there only remained the dream of what she'd wanted her life to be..." "...each charcoal stroke on on the canvas was precise and continuous; they followed the curves that every woman should have." Plus this ridiculous dialog between Frida and a woman in the park after a short exchange Frida basically says that they do not know each other and have nothing to talk about to which this spirit character replies, "Of course there is, Women have tons in common. We could talk for hours...." I found this hilarious. I can't imagine meeting a stranger in a park who boasts that we could talk for hours because we are WOMEN!!!????? ok let's talk about tampons and make-up and painting our nails. Seriously? There are plenty more statements like this in the book but i do not have the time nor space to list them all. It should not even be an issue that a male writer has written a book about a female icon but it becomes an issue with this author who is clearly clueless and sexist in his views and understanding of the female sex. In short, i would recommend you skip this book entirely unless of course if you want a good laugh on a male's perspective on the inner workings of one of the most amazing women to have ever lived.
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By Barbara Ann Meadows on June 22, 2014
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Purchased for Christmas. My daughter is just a fan. Just wanted to add to what she already has. My daughter says Frida was an amazing lady
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And I love when she cooks the recipes within. You need to own the paperback version so you can have it in the kitchen. Also, the food in here may give you strange dreams.
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I can believe that you had this book and the price. I have been looking for this book for along time now and I just thought maybe
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By Nomadmom on May 7, 2014
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I read this the day after seeing the Frida Kahlo house in Mexico City. Though it is fictionalized it's an excellent representation of Frida's life. It's well written and moves along, infused with the kind of spiritual fiction that Isabel Allende uses to great effect.
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