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Sketches of Spain Federico García Lorca

Sketches of Spain


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    Translated by Peter Bush

    Lorca's first book, published when he was just nineteen, is collection of meditations on Spanish art, landscapes and history. With the passion and excitement of a young writer finding his voice, he travels around Spain in pursuit of its essential spirit: sunsets in Granada, the Gothic magnificence of Burgos Cathedral, the 'savage splendour' of Castile's mountains and plains. While Lorca celebrated Spanish culture—romantic gardens, medieval sculpture, Gregorian plainchant and 'the bite of flamenco'—he was also fearlessly critical when, for example, the harshness and celibacy of monks' lives or poverty and injustice aroused his rage.

    Serif's is the first UK edition of this formative work by one of the twentieth century's greatest writers, which, with its rich, poetic prose, is a missing piece in the jigsaw puzzle of a creative life cut tragically short by the author's assassination at the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War.

    'He was the first poet that ever touched me'
    Leonard Cohen

    'I have never seen grace and genius ... come together in anyone else as they did in him.'
    Pablo Neruda

    'Lorca's words sing off the page ... These essays show more than a great writer in the making. They show Spain as we have never seen it before.'
    The Observer

    'To render into readable English Lorca's early prose, deeply in debt to the vocabulary and tics of modernismo, is a daunting task, and it seems to me that Peter Bush has risen splendidly to this almost impossible challenge.'
    Ian Gibson

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    'Much to cherish ... particularly memorable.'
    The Guardian

    'Both the terms 'sketches' and 'impressions,' capture absolutely the style and form of the book. Its significance lies in the way that it's possible to see and, most importantly in the case of Lorca, hear him finding his extraordinary voice ... Peter Bush's translation is brilliantly fluid and inhabits Lorca's poetic spirit beautifully.'
    Michael Langan, Polari

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    A selection of illustrations by Julian Bell (print version only)
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