Ready to try a deeply beautiful but thought-provoking journey through Spain's old towns, taverns and villages? Sketch of Spain will take you there. Originally published in Spanish as well Impressive y Paisajes, Sketches of Spain, written by esteemed author Federico Garcia Lorca, it can now also be spared by English-speaking readers. Translated by Peter Bush, a British professor of literary translation and illustrated by prominent artist Julian Bell, the book is a highly readable outline of Garcia Lorca's early twentieth-century journey.
First published in 1918, fourteen short essays or "sketches" recount Federico Garcia Lorca's experiences, reactions, and thoughts during four field trips around Spain, taken over a two-year period with his professor of literature at the University. Granada, Martin Domínguez Berrueta. Federico, the seventeen-year-old son of a privileged landowner, sees churches and alleys, clergy and prostitutes, passions and poverty through the eyes of a young humanist and poet.
Essentially, Sketch of Spain it is as much an excursion of the soul as it is an excursion of the body: "And travel the world so that, when we reach the gate to the" only way, "we can drain our cup of all existing emotions, virtue, sin, purity and darkness. "In its pages, the author struggles with the relationship between the spiritual and the sensual:" We must be religious and profane, to combine the mysticism of a harsh Gothic cathedral with the wonder of pagan Greece. "This war is confessed, not consciously sophomoric that one might expect from a seventeen year old, but with an elegant charm that anticipated the emergence of Spain's most beloved poet.
Dedicated to Federico Garcia Lorca Sketch of Spain to his piano teacher:
"For the respectable memory of my old music teacher, whose scratched hands so often pulsed over the piano and carved the rhythms in the air, his hands running through his silver sunset hair like a broken gallant, suffering ancient passions invoked by a Beethoven Sonata. A saint! "
Federico Garcia Lorca was destined from an early childhood for a music career. After the field trip to college described in Sketches of Spain, however, his passions turned increasingly to writing. Yet it is the musical disciplines so learned by this beloved teacher that they inject Garcia Lorca's writings with such power and rhythm and light.
In his Prologue, Federico Garcia Lorca invites those readers who dare to "walk these pages" with him. I am so glad I took this challenge. I urge you to do so: you will be well rewarded. Buen viaje – make a good trip.