MEXICO: Coyoacan Idyll

In 1936, when Norway followed the suit of many another nation and asked restless Revolutionary Léon Trotsky to leave its shores, Mexico's famed Muralist Diego Rivera arranged to have the exile go to Mexico. Muralist Rivera's young, pretty German-Mexican wife, Frida Kahlo, a painter in her own right, put Trotsky in the blue-washed, bougainvillea-covered house in Coyoacán where she had been born, told him to stay as long as he wanted. At first the Trotskys and the Riveras got along beautifully. Diego Rivera issued a furious pro-Trotskyist manifesto to the world. Léon...

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