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A Traveler in Mexico: A Rendezvous with Writer ROSEMARY SULLIVAN
A reading of C.M. Mayo's article originally published in Inside Mexico, March 2009, about a visit in Mexico City with the author of Villa Air-Bel: World War II, Escape, and House in Marseilles, a page-turner of a deeply researched history about the rescue of artists and intellectuals trapped as the Nazis closed in. This effort, promoted by the New York-based Emergency Rescue Committee and their agent in Marseilles, Varian Fry, managed to save André Breton, Marc Chagall, and Max Ernst, among others, and found refuge for them in the United States. But some came to Mexico, including Russian novelist Victor Serge, his son Vlady, and, most famously, Surrealist painter Remedios Varo, who today (along with Frida Kahlo) is among Mexico's most revered artists. For this reason, Villa Air-Bel is a work important to the history of modern art in Mexico. But the book's connection to Mexico goes deeper. "Villa Air-Bel started here," Sullivan said.. . (Approx 10 minutes)
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