In Search of Duende
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 ...more
This collection of public speeches and essays speaks to an aspect of Spanish art (indeed, all art) which is both the motivation for and expression of a primal oneness with one’s art—best witnessed in music and/or dance, poetry, and bullfighting. GL saw the duende, that force or supreme expression, as a dying, regional characteristic of Spanish art, particularly Andalusian art. Duende operates in opposition to the artist’s angel (for sake of summary, style) and the artist’s muse (his or her inte...more
Lorca talks about the differences between ...more
So yeah, I loved everything about this book.
A bit more of a cri de coeur than a pedantic poetic apologia (Tom Eliot, looking discreetly in your direction, gub'na!) which is a-ok by me, especially when one is searching for what you call 'the dark root of the scream'...