09/11/2004

Argentinian cartoonits Maitena listens to Elefant music

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This week is published in Spain and Argentina the book titled "Curvas Peligrosas" (Editorial Lumen), a compilation featuring strips and illustrations by brilliant Argentinian cartoonist Maitena, very famous all over the world for her witty and hilarious look at the female world and the struggle with men´s impossibility to understand women. The book comes along with a ten song CD featuring some of her favourite songs, and among them we find tracks from the Elefant Records catalogue, by Ana D and ENTRE RÍOS.

Following her successful series, "Altered Women", this new series travels along different, more complex paths. Along with classic themes as the female neurosis, the couple, the children, one´s own body, new subjects come out in this book: social patterns, contemporary behaviours, fashion, consumerism. In her own words: "drawing is a lonely job. Sometimes I need silence, and sometimes I need music. The songs on this album were by my side during the last year and a half, whilst I was doing this book. I wanted to share them with you". Her vignettes are regularly published on such respected newspapers as El País in Spain, Le Figaro in France, La Stampa in Italy, Público in Portugal and La Nación in Argentina, among many others.

For the album, Maitena Burundarena (Buenos Aires, 1962) has cosen some of her most beloved songs from the recent times. Along with latin classics as Paquita la del Barrio, she has placed stars from Argentinian music as Vicentico or BERSUIT, neighbours that are known in the international scene as Juana Molina or Axel Krygier, and, from the Elefant Records catalogue, the beautiful song "Más" (Riz Ortolani´s cover, taken from Ana D´s only album to this day) and the melodic electronics on "Litoral", by Argentinian trio ENTRE RÍOS.

Maitena's life isn't very different to that of her cartoon characters: she had three sons from three different fathers, and between the first and the last one twenty years and a lot of things happened in her life. She illustrated school books, did erotic comic books, had a newsstand and a restaurant, wrote television scripts. She worked where she could until success knocked on her door, and she opened. Nowadays she lives between Buenos Aires and a small village in Uruguay, from where she tries to deny the well known sentence that says that the better you do in life, the more you have to work.




 

 

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