Finding Duende: Duende: Play and Theory Imagination, Inspiration, Evasion (Bilingual)


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About the Author

Federico García Lorca (1898-1936) is Spain's best-known and most beloved poet and playwright. José Javier León teaches at the Center of Modern Languages, University of Granada, and is the author of numerous books and articles, including Bolero: El vicio de quererte. Christopher Maurer is professor of Spanish at Boston University. He is editor and translator of Sebastian's Arrows: Letters and Mementos of Salvador Dalí and Federico García Lorca, New Letters to a Young Poet by Joan Margarit, and The Complete Perfectionist by Juan Ramón Jiménez, all published by Swan Isle Press.


"For many of my generation of poets & readers (& beyond), Lorca was & remains a radical & necessary voice--the poems foremost but linked by him to the creation or extension of a new/old poetics, drawing from a presumed folk & popular tradition, centered on the word 'duende' as a poetry of 'black sounds' & 'demonic' energies, both in writing & performance. It is this yearning to have duende, or be possessed by it, that this book allows us to view as Lorca presented it in several groundbreaking lectures: compact but rich enough to create a Spanish ethnopoetics or a still greater & deeper poetics for the world-at-large. What José Javier León & Christopher Maurer give us here is crucial to our renewed sense of where poetry, however made or enacted, can still take us. In that sense, remarkable."-- "Jerome Rothenberg, professor emeritus at the University of California-San Diego, renowned poet, anthologist, performance artist, critic, scholar, and author of Gematria Complete and Concealments & Caprichos"
"In your hands is the definitive bilingual edition of what is perhaps the most enigmatic text of Federico García Lorca, the greatest poet of the 20th century in the Spanish language. Once again, the word of Christopher Maurer has illuminated the work of the great Federico, and José Javier León accompanies us on Lorca's path toward 'depths of the blood.' At a time when for many people the idea of poetry has become ever more banal, the recovery of this text, 'Juego y teoría del duende, ' in this exquisite edition is cause for celebration for poetry lovers. The duende could not be in better hands."-- "Fernando Valverde, associate professor of Spanish and Poetry at University of Virginia, award-winning author of America"