Sketches of Spain: Impressions and Landscapes

October 29, 2020
Sketches of Spain: Impressions and Landscapes

‘He was the first poet that ever touched me’Leonard Cohen‘If they had launched a careful search into every corner of Spain .. . they could not have found anyone better than Lorca to representthe popular soul’Pablo Neruda'Lorca's words sing off the page ... These essays show more than agreat writer in the making. They show Spain as we have never seenit before.'The Observer'To render into readable English Lorca's early prose, deeply indebt to the vocabulary and tics of modernismo, is a daunting task,and it seems to me that Peter Bush has risen splendidly to thisalmost impossible challenge.'Ian Gibson'Much to cherish ... particularly memorable.'The GuardianLorca's Sketches of Spain: Impressions and Landscapes is aunique book, now available in an unillustrated e-book edition aswell as an illustrated print edition.Federico García Lorca’s first book, published when he was justnineteen, is a series of meditations on Spanish art, landscapes andhistory. Brimming with passion and excitement, the young writertravels in search of Spain's essential spirit: sunsets in Granada,the Gothic magnificence of Burgos Cathedral, ‘the savage splendour’of Castile's mountains and plains. While Lorca celebrated Spanishculture – romantic gardens, agonised crucifixes, Gregorianplainchant and ‘the bite of flamenco' – he was also fearlesslycritical when, for example, the harshness and celibacy of monks’lives or poverty and injustice aroused his rage.Serif’s new edition of this formative work by one of the twentiethcentury’s greatest writers takes the reader straight to the heartof Lorca’s Spain. With its rich, poetic prose, Sketches of Spain isa missing piece in the jigsaw puzzle of a creative life cuttragically short by the author's assassination at the outbreak ofthe Spanish Civil War.