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Lorca was the extravagant ‘duende,’ his was a magnetic joyfulness that generated a zest for life.
—Pablo Neruda

An excellent compilation of Lorca’s poetry and prose, emphasizing Lorca’s notion of the duende, the “earth spirit of irrationality and death.”

In Search of Duende

Fiction by Federico García Lorca

The notion of “duende” became a cornerstone of Federico García Lorca’s poetics over the course of his career. In his lecture “Play and Theory of the Duende,” he says, “there are no maps nor disciplines to help us find the duende. We only know that he burns the blood like a poultice of broken glass, that he exhausts, that he rejects all the sweet geometry we have learned…” The duende is portrayed by Lorca as a demonic earth spirit embodying irrationality, earthiness, and a heightened awareness of death. In Search of Duende gathers Lorca’s writings about the duende and about three art forms most susceptible to it: dance, music, and the bullfight. A full bilingual sampling of Lorca’s poetry is also included, with special attention to poems arising from traditional Spanish verse forms. The result is an excellent introduction to Lorca’s poetry and prose for American readers.

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Paperback (published March 1, 2010)

ISBN
9780811218559
Price US
9.95
Price CN
13
Trim Size
4.5x7
Page Count
96

Federico García Lorca

20th Century Spanish Poet

Lorca was the extravagant ‘duende,’ his was a magnetic joyfulness that generated a zest for life.
—Pablo Neruda
Spain’s great poet and playwright is being rediscovered.
New York Times