In Search of Duende

In Search of Duende

Book - 1998
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In his lecture "Play and the Theory of 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 containing 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.
Publisher: New York : New Directions, c1998.
ISBN: 9780811213769
Branch Call Number: 868.6209 GARCIA L
Characteristics: xi, 99 pages ; 18 cm.


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Aug 18, 2017

Amazing book!!!.

Aug 03, 2013

Really interesting book on the topic on an elusive concept. Isolating the emotive and moving quality of art (duende) separate from inspiration (muse) and craft (skill) most readably visible in performative arts and driven by struggle, not in the sense of hardship but rather in the sense that pure expression and communication is a struggle and a metaphor for life within the bookends of death.


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