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In the Casa Azul: A Novel of Revolution and Betrayal

3.64  ·  Rating Details  ·  119 Ratings  ·  20 Reviews
This breathtaking first novel explores Leon Trotsky and his wife's years of Mexican exile in the home of Frida Kahlo and her husband Diego Rivera. Mingled with the voices of Stalin's desolate young wife and that of Trotsky himself are the tales of the lesser known who have also created history--the Mexican artist who foretells Trotsky's death; a Bolshevik engineer survivin ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published May 6th 2003 by Picador (first published January 1st 2001)
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Susan Liston
Apr 30, 2016 Susan Liston rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-2016
The rating is purely my opinion, I see some glowing reviews, but I could not engage with this at all. First of all, despite the cover and the blurb, Frida Kahlo and the Casa Azul make very few appearances. This isn't a novel so much as a series of brief vignettes, three or four pages long at most, about a variety of characters, mostly Russian. Not only do we change narrators constantly, we also skip years and locations, it's 1954. then 1920, then 1898, then 1932 then 1940. Quite confusing. (If a ...more
Mar 12, 2008 Tripmastermonkey rated it liked it
The book's beginning is really amazing. There are some passages on Frida's art that i thought were really insightful, some interesting commentary on certain marxists' prudishness around weird things like surrealism, and some powerful passages on the Spanish Civil War.

The book was evidently expanded from a short story, and the middle of the book was too drawn out for me. I could have done without all of the chapters on Stalin (the passages on his second wife are okay). & There are other vigne
Jan 16, 2016 ANGELAGAIAMOLA rated it really liked it
Tutta parte dalla realtà ma risulta un romanzo. La stesura è piacevole e si riesce a seguire la storia pur essendoci il flash back. E' stato molto bello conoscere le diverse storia in diverse parte del mondo e nei vari periodi storici. Bello molto bello. Lo consiglio
Shelley Cater
May 30, 2009 Shelley Cater rated it really liked it
Meaghan Delahunt's debut novel is an historical fiction that chronicles Trotsky's exile in Mexico, hosted by Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera at the casa azul. Written from the perspectives of witnesses to the events; from Trotsky's secretary, his wife Natalia, his assassin, Frida's "Judas-maker", and even the childhood minds of Stalin and Trotsky, this work is lyrical without being overly sentimental. Delahunt's evocation of the imagery of Mexico and the October Revolution in Russia is rich and col ...more
Dec 04, 2014 Ros marked it as to-read
May be called In the Blue House
Arnoldo Garcia
Feb 08, 2009 Arnoldo Garcia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In the Casa Azul provided an intimate access, a close encounter with the life now almost mythic, legend, of Frida Kahlo, a surprise. Frida Kahlo in this novel comes across as a human, a woman painter, frail, tough, vulnerable, protagonist of her own creation and creativity.

This is one of those books that almost demands non-stop reading from beginning to end and I wish it would go on even when the end the novel's and Frida's are inevitable, real, and you're able to realize how young she was and h
Judy King
Mar 28, 2009 Judy King rated it really liked it
Shelves: mexico-latin
Fascinating view of a turbulent time as the author expertly slides us gracefully from one narrator to another as each tells us their view of the times and situation--giving important bits of insider information.

It was interesting to stroll through the uncomfortable childhoods and young adulthoods of Stalin, Lenin and Trotsky--and seeing how they manifested these experiences into their famous lives and experiences.

I'm glad I read it.
Aug 05, 2008 Sarah rated it it was ok
Shelves: unfinished
Fascinating to read something set in the communist revolution (worldwide), definitely something left out of my American public school education. But the storyline drags to a hault about a third of the way in, and the characters are all over the place, not very connected, and often dull. I tried to perservere, for my education, but when the fictionalized version gets as slow as a textbook, that's when I throw in the towel.
Jun 06, 2012 Marta rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: libros-en-2012
Me cogí este libro porque me encanta la vida de Frida Kahlo y el argumento de esta novela se centra en la etapa en la que Frida tuvo a Trotski y a su esposa en su casa, ya que estos estaban exiliados y perseguidos. Hay pasajes que son muy bonitos, próximos a la poesía. El punto negativo es que hay muchas voces narrativas y los conocimientos históricos de esa época se dan por supuestos.
Jul 21, 2009 Peter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, thriller
This novel, about the assasination of Leon Trotsky by an agent of Stalin, is a poetic, lyrical, hard-headed Historical account of one of the great betrayals of the 20th Century. Delahunt weaves a tale of intense interest and high tension and drama even though the story itself is well known.
Peter Campbell
Jan 03, 2012 Peter Campbell rated it it was amazing
This was a quite astounding and beautiful first book with a unique and interesting construction, giving a lot of well-researched background to the Russian revolution. I could not help but marvel at the deep insights to the human condition that this young author was able to produce.
Jul 28, 2009 Rebecca rated it liked it
I liked this book, but I did not like that it switched narrators every few pages. It was rather hard to follow.
Aug 07, 2009 Marvin rated it did not like it
Something about Trotsky & Frida Kahlo in Mexico in 1940, but I couldn't make much sense of it by page 50, so I gave up.
Jennifer Kent
Mar 17, 2008 Jennifer Kent rated it really liked it
Great book about the mexican revolution, the russian revolution, Leon Trotsky, Frieda Kahlo, and Stalin
Jun 16, 2009 Laurie rated it really liked it
Fascinating look into the life of Frieda Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and Trotsky.
A. H.
Apr 08, 2014 A. H. rated it really liked it
Beautiful rendition of little known pieces of important history.
Fer Martínez
Un grandioso retrato de Trotski en la Casa Azul de la Frida Kahlo.
Mar 03, 2010 Eddie rated it really liked it
Trotsky in exile in Mexico - Frida, Diego Ramon Mercader
Jan 07, 2008 Jeanette marked it as to-read
another one i picked up at the bookstore in oaxaca
Jul 04, 2007 Jodi rated it really liked it
A novel about the life of Frida Kahlo...
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MEAGHAN DELAHUNT is the author of The Red Book and In the Blue House, which was longlisted for the 2002 Orange Prize, won the Saltire First Book Prize, a Scottish Arts Council Book of the Year prize and a Commonwealth Prize for Best First Book. She is an award-winning short-story writer and her stories have been widely anthologized and broadcast on BBC Radio 4. She lectures in creative writing at ...more
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