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Divine Lola: A True Story of Scandal and Celebrity by [Cristina Morató, Andrea Rosenberg]
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Have you ever heard the song “Whatever Lola Wants (Lola Gets)”? Maybe it calls to mind Gwen Verdon in Damn Yankees, or Marlene Dietrich lying seductively on a bar counter. But not many people know that the original Lola, the one who inspired that refrain and all the steamy Hollywood Lolas thereafter, was a real woman—and in the mid-nineteenth century, she was the most famous woman alive.

Cristina Morató has made a career of writing about astonishing, intrepid women who have been lost to history, and her biography of Lola Montez reads like a gripping novel. I find Lola especially interesting and relevant today, in the context of our age’s fascination with social media and self-branding, since she can be thought of as the first completely self-invented celebrity. She passed herself off as a Spanish aristocrat even though she was actually born a middle-class Irishwoman (and could barely speak Spanish). And despite not really knowing how to dance, she managed to reach the pinnacle of fame as a dancer, hobnobbing with the most famous politicians, writers, musicians, and aristocrats of the time. Taking charge of her sexuality on her own terms, she was a feminist—and shocked the public with her sexy “Spider Dance” over a century before Madonna shocked the public with her own bold sexuality. Lola died before her fortieth birthday and was buried in Brooklyn, New York, where she still receives visitors to her grave. A rebel to the last, this fascinating, singular woman still casts an irresistible spell.

—Liza Darnton, Editor

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Born in Barcelona in 1961, Cristina Morató is a journalist, reporter, and author dedicated to writing about the lives of great women innovators and explorers that history has overlooked. Her research, tracing the footsteps of these remarkable women, has led her to travel to more than forty countries and has resulted in eight biographies: Viajeras intrépidas y aventureras (Intrepid and Adventurous Women Travelers); Las Reinas de África (African Queens); Las Damas de Oriente (Ladies of the East); Cautiva en Arabia (Arabian Captive); Divas rebeldes (Rebel Divas); Reinas malditas (Tragic Queens); Diosas de Hollywood (Hollywood Goddesses); and Divina Lola (Divine Lola), Cristina’s first to be translated into English. She is a founding member and the current vice president of the Spanish Geographical Society and belongs to the Royal Geographic Society of London. For more information visit www.cristinamorato.com/home-2.

Andrea Rosenberg is a translator from Spanish and Portuguese. Her full-length translations include novels, graphic narratives, and nonfiction, including works by Manuel Vilas, Tomás González, Inês Pedrosa, Aura Xilonen, Juan Gómez Bárcena, Paco Roca, and Marcelo D’Salete. Two of her translations have won Eisner Awards, and she has been the recipient of awards and grants from the Fulbright Program, the American Literary Translators Association, and the Banff International Literary Translation Centre.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B08P4PKNSR
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Amazon Crossing (1 September 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 27840 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 432 pages
  • Page numbers source ISBN ‏ : ‎ 1542025095
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Born in Barcelona in 1961, Cristina Morató is a journalist, reporter, and author dedicated to writing about the lives of great women innovators and explorers that history has overlooked. Her research, tracing the footsteps of these remarkable women, has led her to travel to more than forty countries and has resulted in eight biographies: Viajeras intrépidas y aventureras (Intrepid and Adventurous Women Travelers); Las Reinas de África (African Queens); Las Damas de Oriente (Ladies of the East); Cautiva en Arabia (Arabian Captive); Divas rebeldes (Rebel Divas); Reinas malditas (Tragic Queens); Diosas de Hollywood (Hollywood Goddesses); and Divina Lola (Divine Lola), Cristina’s first to be translated into English. She is a founding member and the current vice president of the Spanish Geographical Society and belongs to the Royal Geographic Society of London. For more information visit www.cristinamorato.com/home-2.

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