Meztizuru Check date values in: When the deprivations of the war became too much and the southern part of France, the Zone librewas invaded by Germany and Italy inthe family left France entirely for Mexico when she was ten years old. Her creative writings are philosophic meditations and assessments of society and the disenfranchised within it. Cipriana del Villar y Baquero. It was after this that she was clear that the purpose of her writing was to change Mexico. She lent her voice to the voiceless, but at the same time she took a step back and let the victims come forward to express their needs and pain, letting the Mexican people speak through her. She has involved herself in the causes of her protagonists which are generally women, farm workers and laborers and also include the indigenous, such as the Zapatistas in Chiapas in the s.
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The family left Paris when she was nine, going first to the south of the country. When the deprivations of the war became too much and the southern part of France, the Zone libre , was invaded by Germany and Italy in , the family left France entirely for Mexico when she was ten years old. Her father remained in France to fight, participating later in D-Day in Normandy. Growing up, French was her primary language and it was spoken the most at home.
Elena learned her Spanish from people on the streets during her time there as a young girl. They divorced in , and her now ex-husband died on April 26, The house is filled chaotically with books. Spaces which do not have books in or on them contain photographs of her family and paintings by Francisco Toledo. Although it takes time away from writing, she does her domestic chores herself,[ clarification needed ] including paying bills, grocery shopping and cooking.
She progressed by persistence rather than by direct confrontation. She found prisoners eager to talk and share their life stories. Her works have been translated into English, Polish, French, Danish and German, starting in the s.
Although she admits such comments are said in jest, she contends that it shows that they consider her more of a maid, a cook or even a janitor in the "great House of Mexican Literature. Her work is a cross between literary fiction and historical construction. Her creative writings are philosophic meditations and assessments of society and the disenfranchised within it. For example, while she heavily criticizes the national institutions which evolved after the Mexican Revolution, she promotes a kind of "popular heroism" of the common person without name.
Her works are also impregnated with a sense of fatalism. She feels that a personal relationship with her subjects is vital. It was after this that she was clear that the purpose of her writing was to change Mexico. She was arrested twice one in jail for twelve hours and once detained for two when observing demonstrations. However, she has never written about this. The book contains interviews with informants, eyewitnesses, former prisoners which are interspersed with poems by Octavio Paz and Rosario Castellanos , excerpts from pre Hispanic texts and newspaper, as well as political slogans.
The government offered her the Xavier Villaurrutia Award in for the work but she refused it. Her book about this event Nada, nadie, las voces del temblor was a compilation of eyewitness accounts not only to the destruction of the earthquake, but also to the incompetence and corruption of the government afterwards. It is a coming-of-age story about Mexican women before feminism.
It centers on an inquisitive girl who is carefully molded by society to become an obedient bride. Las Soldaderas: Women of the Mexican Revolution is about the women who were in combat accompanied by photographs from the era. The Mazatlan Literature Prize was founded by writer, journalist, and National Journalism Prize Antonio Haas, a close lifelong friend of Elena, and editorial columnist and collaborator next to her in Siempre!
She was nominated for the coveted Villarrutia Award in the s, but refused it by saying to the Mexican president, "Who is going to award a prize to those who fell at Tlatelolco in ? Elena Poniatowska was awarded the Premio Cervantes for her "brilliant literary trajectory in diverse genera, her special style in narrative and her exemplary dedication to journalism, her outstanding work and her firm commitment to contemporary history.
Jan died in a tragic car accident and not in the insurrection of Tlatelolco. George Henson. Please help by adding reliable sources. Contentious material about living people that is unsourced or poorly sourced must be removed immediately.
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