Sunday, March 11, 2007

Mexican Magic Realism (Frida Kahlo)

Now that I’ve read thru Dreaming in Cuban, I believe Garcia’s magic realism is undeniably and quintessentially Latin-American. I’ve had very little exposure to Cuban art or literature but growing up in South Texas, one is immersed in Mexican, Tex-Mex, and Border Culture. Couldn’t we say that some of Frida Kahlo’s magical imagery makes for a wonderful depiction of Garcia’s lyrical text? A great film representation of Mexican magical realism is, Como agua para chocolate (Like water for chocolate), based on the novel by Laura Esquivel (highly recommended). Of course, we are dealing with Cuban-American literature so this post is not meant as a distraction from that, merely some added texture to our conversation.