Elena Poniatowska


Born
in Paris, France
May 19, 1932

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Hélène Elizabeth Louise Amélie Paula Dolores Poniatowska Amor was born on May 19, 1933, in Paris, France. Her father was French of Polish ancestry and her mother a Mexican who was raised in France. When she was nine Poniatowska's family moved to México City. She grew up speaking French and learned English in a private British school. However, her knowledge of Spanish came from talking with the maids, so her written Spanish was largely colloquial. Poniatowska developed ties with the Mexican lower class in her youth and thus gained a sense of belonging to and an understanding of the Mexican culture. She felt and thought of herself as completely Mexican and of Spanish as her native language. Her works include characters who belong to the under ...more

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“Todos estamos tan llenos de retratos interiores, tan llenos de paisajes no vividos.”
Elena Poniatowska

“La finalidad de la vida no es prosperar sino transformarse. Cuando uno se lanza a lo desconocido se salva.”
Elena Poniatowska, Leonora

“Allí donde no le entiendas, en los espacios blancos, en los huecos, pon: Te quiero.”
Elena Poniatowska.

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