Elena Poniatowska was born in France, in 1933. Her mother was the daughter of wealthy Mexican aristocrats and her father, a French count of Polish origin. In 1942, Poniatowska and her family moved to Mexico to escape war-time deprivations.
began her writing career as a journalist. Her first job involved writing
society news for the daily newspaper Excelsior. Soon, she moved
on to interviewing cultural and political figures, such as muralist Diego
Rivera. Most of these writings are collected in Palabras cruzadas,
(1961). Through journalism and access to her interviewees, Poniatowska
began to understand the Mexican society, its politics and its institutions.
Lilus Kikus (1954)
Los cuentos de Lilus Kikus (1967)
De noche vienes (1979)
Métase mi prieta entre el durmiente y el silbatazo (1982)
Palabras cruzadas (1961)
SELECTED TESTIMONIAL NARRATIVES
La noche de Tlatelolco, Ediciones Era, 1971 (Massacre in Mexico, Viking Press: New York,1975).
Fuerte es el silencio
Juan Soriano, niño de mil años (1998)
Hasta no verte, Jesus mio, 1969 (Until We Meet Again, Pantheon Books: New York,1987)
Querido Diego, te abraza Quiniela y otros cuentos, 1978 (Dear Diego, Pantheon Books: New York, 1986)
Moletiques y pasiones (1987)
La flor de Lis (1988)
Tinísima (1992) - a novel about Tina Modotti, translated by Katherine Silver and published by Farrar, Strauss & Giroux, 1996.
El último guajalote
El domingo siete
La casa en la tierra