Lilus Kikus and Other Stories

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University of New Mexico Press, 2005 - Fiction - 127 pages
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Elena Poniatowska is recognized today as one of Mexico's greatest writers.Lilus Kikus,published in 1954, was her first book. However, it was labeled a children's book because it had a young girl as protagonist, it included illustrations, and the author was an unknown woman.Lilus Kikushas not received the critical attention or a translation into English it deserved, until now. AccompanyingLilus Kikusin this first American edition are four of Poniatowska's short stories with female protagonists, only one of which has been previously published in English.

Poniatowska is admired today as a feminist, but in 1954, whenLilus Kikusappeared, feminism didn't have broad appeal. Twenty-first-century readers will be fascinated by the way Poniatowska uses her child protagonist to point out the flaws in adult society. Each of the drawings by the great surrealist Leonora Carrington that accompany the chapters inLilus Kikusexpresses a subjective, interiorized vision of the child character's contemplations on life.


"A tantalizingly complex feminist author, whose importance and originality have yet to be appreciated in this country."--Cynthia Steele, author ofPolitics, Gender, and the Mexican Novel, 1968-1988

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Born in Paris in 1932, award-winning novelist Pontiatowska emigrated to Mexico with her family during World War II and stayed. In 1954, she published her first book, Lilus Kikus , a long story with ... Read full review

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Elena Poniatowska is the award-winning author of over fifty books. Born in France to a Mexican citizen of French ancestry, she now lives in Mexico City. In 2004, she was honored with the Legion de Honor del Gobierno de Francia. Poniatowska has received a Guggenheim Fellowship and an Emeritus Fellowship from Mexico's National Council of Culture and Arts. In 1979, she became the first woman to win the Mexican National Award for Journalism.

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