In Search of Duende

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An excellent compilation of Lorca’s poetry and prose, emphasizing Lorca’s notion of the duende, the “earth spirit of irrationality and death.”
The notion of “duende”—a demonic earth spirit embodying irrationality, earthiness, and a heightened awareness of death—became a cornerstone of Lorca’s poetics. In Search of Duende gathers Lorca’s writings about the duende and three art forms susceptible to it: dance, music, and the bullfight. A bilingual sampling of Lorca’s poetry is also...

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Overview

An excellent compilation of Lorca’s poetry and prose, emphasizing Lorca’s notion of the duende, the “earth spirit of irrationality and death.”
The notion of “duende”—a demonic earth spirit embodying irrationality, earthiness, and a heightened awareness of death—became a cornerstone of Lorca’s poetics. In Search of Duende gathers Lorca’s writings about the duende and three art forms susceptible to it: dance, music, and the bullfight. A bilingual sampling of Lorca’s poetry is also included, making this an excellent introduction to Lorca’s poetry and prose for American readers.

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Editorial Reviews

The New York Times
“Spain’s great poet and playwright is being rediscovered.”
Times Literary Supplement
“One of the greatest poets Spain has ever produced.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780811218559
  • Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 3/30/2010
  • Series: New Directions Pearls Series
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 100
  • Sales rank: 379,591
  • Product dimensions: 4.40 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Federico García Lorca (1898-1937) was born in Granada, Spain. A poet and playwright (Blood Wedding, The House of Bernarda Alba), he was killed by the Falangists in Spain during the Spanish Civil War.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Deep Song 1
Note on the Guitar 24
The Guitar 26
Riddle of the Guitar 28
Poem of the Saeta 28
Rider's Song 38
Farewell 40
Death of Antonito el Camborio 40
Ballad of One Doomed to Die 44
Play and Theory of the Duende 48
In Praise of Antonia Merce, La Argentina 63
Lament for Ignacio Sanchez Mejias 66
Poem of the Bull 82
Dance of the Moon in Santiago 86
Casida of the Branches 88
Casida of the Lament 90
Gacela of the Bitter Root 92
Notes 95
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