Frida Kahlo (1907-1954), whose art mirrors the passion, tumult, & enormous strength of an anguished life, is one of the most charismatic figures of her time. Her paintings mingle Surrealism, folk art, & autobiography in a haunting & visceral style. The diary provides, in Kahlo's own words & pictures, the most personal & candid view possible of this remarkable artist. The diary reflects her stormy relationship with the Mexican muralist Diego Rivera, whom she married twice. Kahlo reputedly counted Leon Trotsky & the sculptor Isamu Noguchi among her lovers. Kahlo compiled her diary over the last 10 years of her life when back injuries had made her a semi-invalid. The heart of this book is the facsimile of the diary in its original size with its colorful images & writings. The facsimile is followed by an English transcription of the text with explanatory commentaries. An introduction by the world renowned writer Carlos Fuentes & an essay by art historian Sarah M. Lowe set the diary in the context of Kahlo's art & life as a whole. Order from Harry N. Abrams, 100 5th Ave., New York, NY 10011. 212-206- 7715.Fuentes, Carlos is the author of 'Diary of Frida Kahlo' with ISBN 9780810932210 and ISBN 0810932210.