The Weeping Woman

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Arcade Publishing
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6.2 X 9.1 X 1.3 inches | 1.2 pounds

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About the Author

Zoé Valdés was born in Cuba in 1959 and has lived in exile in France since 1995. Once dubbed "the Madonna of Cuban literature," she is the acclaimed author of several novels, including Yocandra in the Paradise of Nada and I Gave You All I Had, both published by Arcade. Besides being awarded the 2013 Azorín Prize for The Weeping Woman, she has won the Planeta Prize and the Premio de Novela Ciudad de Torrevieja. She received the Tres Llaves (Three Keys) to the city of Miami in 2001. She lives in Paris.


"The Weeping Woman interweaves present and past with intelligence and humor . . . Many of the leading Parisian avant-gardists--Guillaume Apollinaire, Leonor Fini, Juan Gris, Max Jacob, Wifredo Lam, André Lhote, Kiki de Montparnasse, Man Ray--are conjured with fidelity and charm." --The New York Times Book Review

"If you're looking for a book that portrays flaws, anger, human suffering, exile, trauma, sex, and survival--pick up Valdes's book. She brings Dora into the light, and reveals the debilitating power so often afforded to men to crush and break women, and how women prevail."--Review: Literature and Arts of the Americas

"We are steeped in the history, drama, and even mundaneness of the Surrealist era, with a colorful cast of characters that includes Man Ray, Paul Éluard, and the master himself, Picasso. . . . Valdés reveals Maar to be more than just Picasso's model for his portrait The Weeping Woman but an inspiring artist in her own right." --Booklist

"Zoé Valdés rescues Dora Maar from Picasso's clutches." --ABC

"The Weeping Woman is a book about 'someone who separates herself from her work to dedicate herself to genius.'" --El País

"Zoé Valdés is a very important Cuban writer who lives in exile in France. She is very well known in the Spanish-speaking community for the quality of her work and for her courageous fight against Cuban dictatorship in particular and, in general, her criticism of all authoritarian and totalitarian regimes, and for her permanent defense of human rights and journalists and writers who are persecuted all over the world."--Mario Vargas Llosa, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature and the Miguel de Cervantes Prize