Kingsolver doesn’t appear to suffer from writer’s block and she certainly hasn’t been twiddling her thumbs. Her understanding of Mexico and Spanish in The Lacuna are exemplary, and she must have researched deeply into the lives of Kahlo, Rivera, and Leon “Lev” Trotsky during the time he was one of Kahlo’s lovers. She doesn’t distort them into flawless heroes. They’re iconic figures, but portrayed warts and all: love affairs and self-obsession and revolutionary contradictions on all sides.
Casa museo Trotsky, Ciudad de México, Museum at Trotsky’s home, Mexico City. Trotsky y Diego Rivera
Casa museo Trotsky, Ciudad de México, Museum at Trotsky’s home, Mexico City