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Elena Poniatowska

Biography

Elena Poniatowska was born Princess Hélène Elizabeth Louise Amélie Paula Dolores Poniatowska Amor in Paris in 1932. Her mother was Mexican while her father was Polish, descended from the Polish royal family. When World War II broke out she moved, with her mother and sisters, to the South of France and then, two years later, they moved to Mexico, while her father stayed in France, fighting the Germans. She only learned Spanish when she moved to Mexico. She studied in Mexico and the United States. After her studies, she became a journalist, a profession which she had continued to carry out. In particular, she published a book on the Tlatelolco massacre but has continued to write books on the less fortunate, including a later book on a woman denied an abortion. She has also written stories, novels and children’s books.

Books about Elena Poniatowska

Michael Schuessler: Elena Poniatowska An Intimate Biography

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Bibliography

1954 Lilus Kikus (Lilus Kikus and Other Stories) (stories)
1956 Melés y Teleo. Apuntes para una comedia
1960 Los 60 años de Leopoldo Mendez
1961 Palabras cruzadas (chronicle)
1963 Todo empezó el Domingo (chronicle)
1969 Hasta no verte, Jesus mío (Until We Meet Again; later: Here’s to you Jesusa!) (novel)
1971 La noche de Tlatelolco (Massacre in Mexico) (journalism)
1978 Querido Diego, te abraza Quiela (Dear Diego) (fictional letters from Angelina Beloff to Diego Rivera)
1979 La prensa en Mexico (journalism)
1979 De noche vienes
1980 Fuerte es el silencio (journalism)
1980 Casa en la tierra
1982 Domingo Siete (interviews with candidates for the presidency, 1982)
1982 El último Guajolote (chronicle)
1984 Pablo O’Higgins (with Gilberto Bosques)
1985 ¡Ay vida, no me mereces! Carlos Fuentes, Rosario Castellanos, Juan Rulfo, la literatura de la Onda México (essay)
1988 La flor de lis (novel)
1988 Nada, nadie. Las voces del temblor (Nothing, Nobody) (journalism)
1989 De noche vienes (stories)
1989 Juchitán de las mujeres, 1979-1989 (The Man With The Sweet Penis) (with Mario Bellatin, photos by Graciela Iturbide)
1990 Todo México I
1991 Tinísima (Tinisima) (novel)
1993 Ay vida, no me mereces! (with Carlos Fuentes)
1994 Luz y luna, las lunitas (essay)
1995 Todo México II
1996 Todo México III
1996 La mirada que limpia
1997 Guerrero Viejo (journalism)7
1997 Paseo de la Reforma (novel)
1996 Todo México IV
1998 Octavio Paz, las palabras del árbol (essay)
1998 Color en México (photos of women camp followers)
1996 Todo México V
1999 Las soldaderas (Las Soldaderas: Women of the Mexican Revolution) (Photographic Archive)
2000 Las mil y una… La herida de Paulina (chronicle)
2000 Juan Soriano, niño de mil años (essay)
2000 Las siete cabritas (essay)
2002 Todo México VI
2001 Mariana Yampolsky y la buganvillia
2001 La piel del cielo (The Skin of the Sky) (novel)
2002 Todo México VII
2003 Todo México VIII
2003 Tlapalería (The Heart of the Artichoke) (stories)
2004 Mujeres que escriben
2004 Miguel Covarrubias: Vida y mundos
2005 Obras reunidas2005 Nada, nadie : las voces del temblor
2005 Narrativa breve
2006 El tren pasa primero (novel)
2006 La Adelita (children’s)
2007 Amanecer en el Zócalo. Los 50 días que confrontaron a México (journalism)
2007 El burro que metió la pata (children’s)
2007 La herida de Paulina (journalism)
2008 Rondas de la niña mala (poetry)
2008 Jardín de Francia (interviews)
2008 Boda en Chimalistac (children’s)
2009 No den las gracias. La colonia Rubén Jaramillo y el Güero Medrano (chronicle)
2009 La vendedora de nubes (children’s)
2011 Leonora (novel)
2014 El universo o nada (novel)
2014 Llorar en la sopa (stories)
2014 Hojas de papel volando (stories)
2015 Dos veces única (novel)
2016 Las indómitas (biography)