The Secret Book of Frida Kahlo (El libro secreto de Frida Kahlo)

story full of colors and flavors. Frida is Mexico itself. 

After “dying” for the first time in a terrible car accident, Frida Kahlo reaches an agreement with her godmotherDeath. In exchange for Frida preparing an offering in the form of a banquet for her every year on the Day of the DeadDeath allows her to live. Frida wrote down the recipes for each banquet dedicated to Saint Death in a black notebook she called The Book of Holy Herbs

The day this notebook was to be shown to the public for the first time in an exhibition at the Palace of Fine Artsit disappeared.  

Haghenbeck imagines that this notebook was a gift from the other great Mexican female icon, Tina Modotti (Frida Kahlo’s lover), after the accident

The author narrates in first person the life of Kahlo, a free, authentic and controversial woman who broke stereotypes with her beauty and celebrated her Mexican identity in all areasIt delves into her decisionsthoughts and secretswith a constant presence of death through two charactersThe Messenger, represented by the revolutionary hero Emiliano Zapata, and her GodmotherDeathwho warns Kahlo that she will die the day her rooster Cui-cui-ri stops crowing.

In an intimate and personal wayit reconstructs the most important passages of Kahlo’s lifeincluding her childhood, full of suffering and illness, and the accident she had in her youthwhich caused injuries from which she never recovered, and which impregnated so much of her art. It also deals with her revolutionary interest in politics and her friendships and adventures with several of the most influential personalities of the time, such as Leon Trotsky and Georgia O’Keeffeamong othersIt explores her complex relationship with Diego Rivera, her infidelitiesher pregnancy and subsequent loss of the baby, her life in the United Statesher divorce and her returnOne day, Frida Kahlo orders her rooster Cui-cui-ri to be cookedThat same dayshe dies


RELEVANT DATA: The Secret Book of Frida Kahlo is a novel inspired by the life of the Mexican artist. F.G. Haghenbeck takes the disappearance of The Book of Holy Herbs as the starting point for a journey through the life and thoughts of the Mexican artistwith a touch of magical realism and seasoned with Mexican gastronomy.

The Secret Book of Frida Kahlo was a finalist in the International Latino Book Awards and winner of the Gourmand Award in France, making him the first Latin American writer to receive this distinction.?

Haghenbeck, “the genius of the crime novel”, was considered one of the youngest authors to cause a revolution in the Mexican literary scenewriting several international bestsellers translated into some twenty languages.

During his literary careerHaghenbeck received a multitude of awards and distinctions such as the National Novel Award “Una Vuelta de Tuerca”the Nocte Award for best foreign bookthe Fine Arts Award for Novel José Rubén Romero, the LIJ Norma Award and the Bram Stoker Award for his work El diablo me obligówhich has been adapted into the successful Netflix series Diablero


What the critics have said

A book full of colors and flavors. Frida is Mexico itself. And in these pages she proves it.” Goodreads. 

A fictionalized and liberated version of Kahlo to explore her without boundaries, adding margins of mythology around the character and those who were part of her life.” Reporte Indigo 

Haghenbeck has captured Frida Kahlo better than any other author to date. An incredible book.” Goodreads. 


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