Thursday, 23 June 2011

Barbara Kingsolver's La Lacuna and the Story that Follows

The last book discussed at the Atwater book club was Barbara Kingsolver's fascinating La Lacuna. It has haunted my days ever since, so I was delighted to find a New York Times video this week of an interview with a descendant of one of the characters.

She is Nora Volkow, Leon Trotsky's great grandaughter, who grew up in the house where Trotsky was murdered and currently is head of the National Institute on Drug Addiction. Check out the video here.

And to learn about how Kingsolver went about creating the world of Trotsky, Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo and the fictional Harrison Shepherd, here's an interview with her.

Nora Volkow

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