The Clay Figurine

A book in which Carme's spontaneous brushstrokes and technical merits highlight the expressiveness portrayed so well in Emma's story: the most vulnerable childhood.
Summary

This story is taken from "The Book of Emma Reyes: A Memoir" (Memoria por correspondencia), a volume that gathers twenty three letters, written over several years, by Emma Reyes —a Colombian painter and writer—to her also writer friend and confidant Germán Arciniegas, in which she narrates her first childhood memories.

The story, recounted from the eyes of little Emma, goes back to the day when she, with the help of her friend "el Piojo" (The Lice) and other street children, created General Rebollo—a clay figurine—with their own hands. The Colombian artist thus reveals one of her most distant memories, when she was an orphan girl, living in the midst of misery in the Bogotá of the 1920s, but she does so with brushstrokes of brilliant lucidity, with words that convey the freshness and ingenuity of a child's game.

Category
Children & Ya
Fiction
Text
Emma Reyes
Illustrations
Carme Solé Vendrell
Publisher
Libros del Zorro Rojo
Year
2020
Language
Spanish
ISBN
978-84-120790-4-3
Pages
32pp
Cover
Hardcover
Size
22,5x20cm