In the Casa Azul

A Novel of Revolution and Betrayal

Meaghan Delahunt

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Pursued from country to country by Stalin's GPU agents, Leon Trotsky finds refuge in Mexico City in 1937. There he encounters the fire and splendor of the artist Frida Kahlo who, with her husband Diego Rivera, welcomes Trotsky and his wife Natalia into their home, the Casa Azul.

Meaghan Delahunt's breathtaking first novel explores those extraordinary years in Mexico, but also spreads before the reader a panorama of Russian history, revolution, and upheaval throughout the first half of the twentieth century. We hear from Stalin's desolate young wife, and Trotsky's Ukrainian Jewish father, baffled by the dissolution of his own estate and the rise of his son, and from Trotsky himself, still smarting from his brief love affair with the mesmerizing Frida. Their voices mingle with the tales of the lesser known who, in their way, have also created history: the Mexican artist who foretells Trotsky's death; a Bolshevik engineer surviving the chill of the Stalinist regime; and the bodyguard who is unable to prevent Trotsky's assassination.

In the Casa Azul insightfully examines politics and art, as well as disillusionment and loss in the service of high ideals. This is a remarkable debut, a work of deep understanding and stunning literary artistry.

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SENORA ROSITA MORENO COYOACAN

JULY 1954



That house: the cradle and the grave. The colour of it azul and - a deep matt blue to keep evil away. We say it is a blessing to be born and to die in the same house. Now that she is gone I imagine the birth and remember the death. It rained much on both occasions. Rain on a coffin tells us the person is happy. Rain on a newborn tells of a difficult life. The senorita loved the rain, the tears of the sky. Between her birth and her death, the sky cried many times.

Without tears she journeys now to Tlalocan, the Southern Paradise.

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Praise for In the Casa Azul

"Luminous...Delahunt's interwoven narratives read like a sensuous, dangerous dream." --The Texas Observer

"Sensual, poetic, and poignant." --San Antonio Express-News

"A mesmerizing first novel...In the end, this novel resembles nothing less than one of Rivera's famous murals--human activity everywhere, each figure burning for attention." --Publishers Weekly

"Brilliant...a towering tale of aberration and devotion." --Booklist

"Astounding in a mapping-out of the volcanic passions and dark evils of the Revolution's heroes and villains...A complex story laid out with consummate skill and aimed directly at the powerful vortex where emotion and politics converge." --Kirkus Reviews

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Meaghan Delahunt

Meaghan Delahunt lives in Scotland and is at work on her second novel. In the Casa Azul, was a finalist for the UK's Orange Prize, and won the Saltire Society First Book Award.

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In the Casa Azul
A Novel of Revolution and Betrayal
Meaghan Delahunt

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St. Martin's Press
May 2013
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ISBN: 9781466843318
ISBN10: 1466843314
320 pages
$7.99
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