A Season in Granada

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A Season in Granada' brings together poems, essays and excerpts from letters by the great twentieth-century poet Federico García Lorca, including two sequences of poems and an essay previously unpublished in English. The writings form a dazzling, elegiac celebration of the city of Granada, where Lorca grew up, where he studied, and to which he returned frequently in his life and in his imagination. And where he would die.

In Christopher Maurer's words, the twenty poems in the ...

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Overview

A Season in Granada' brings together poems, essays and excerpts from letters by the great twentieth-century poet Federico García Lorca, including two sequences of poems and an essay previously unpublished in English. The writings form a dazzling, elegiac celebration of the city of Granada, where Lorca grew up, where he studied, and to which he returned frequently in his life and in his imagination. And where he would die.

In Christopher Maurer's words, the twenty poems in the two Suites, Poem of the Fair', and Summer Hours', draw on the structural ideas and whimsical tone of one of Lorca's favourite composers, Claude Debussy. The idea was to capture some phenomenon - the moon, the hours of evening, the ocean, wheatfields, flamenco - in a series of stylized estampas (prints) or "moments."' They represent an important addition to the Lorca canon.

Published to celebrate the centenary of Lorca's birth, these poems, essays and letters are remarkable for their freshness and vitality, and go right to the heart of his extraordinary and passionate vision.

Federico García Lorca (1898-1936) was born near Granada. His works include The Gypsy Ballads' (1928), Poem of the Deep Song' (1931) and Poet in New York' (1940), and the three tragedies, Blood Wedding' (1933), Yerma' (1934) and The House of Bernarda Alba' (1936). An inspiring friend and occasional collaborator of some of the great artists of his time, including Manuel de Falla, Salvador Dalí and Pablo Neruda, he was also a mesmerising performer of his own work, a consummate musician and a theatrical innovator of genius. He was murdered in Granada at the height of his fame by Nationalist partisans on the eve of the Spanish Civil War.

Christopher Maurer is Head of the Spanish Department at the University of Illinois, Chicago. He has published many editions and translations of Lorca's works, including Collected Poems' (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1990) and Selected Poems' (Penguin, 1995). He is the author, with Maria E. Iglesias, of Shearwater: Dreaming in Clay on the Coast of Mississippi', the story of an unusual southern family of potters, painters and writers (Doubleday, 2000).

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Editorial Reviews

Gabrielle Shaw
One gets a glimpse of a Lorca at peace in these poems. . . This gathering of words by the martyred poet, writer, artist and composer, is an opportunity to continue to discover and pay homage to a truly valiant figure of this century. -- ForeWord Magazine
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780856462993
  • Publisher: Anvil Press Poetry, Limited
  • Publication date: 6/1/2004
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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Spain's most celebrated modern poet, Lorca (1898-1936) was born near Granada. He wrote powerful plays as well as poetry, and was a talented artist and musician. He was murdered at the height of his fame by Nationalist partisdans on the eve of the Spanish Civil War. Christopher Maurer is Head of the Spanish Department at the University of Illinois, Chicago.
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Table of Contents

Preface 9
Poem of the Fair 13
Summer Hours 29
Palimpsests 37
Little Tales of the Wind 45
Water Jets 51
Meditations and Allegories of the Water 57
Daydreams of a River 60
Granada: Paradise Closed to Many 63
August... 71
Evening 72
Ballad of the Three Rivers 73
Tree, tree, /dry and green... 75
St. Michael (Granada) 77
Sleepwalking Ballad 80
Holy Week in Granada 85
Casida of One Wounded by Water 91
Casida of the Boughs 92
Ghazal of the Love which Hides from Sight 93
Ghazal of the Dead Child 94
Ghazal of the Morning Market Place 95
How a City Sings from November to November 97
Notes 116
Music: El Cafe de Chinitas 126
Music: Las tres hojas 128
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