Hunting Duende in Sevilla

A little something from Justin in Malta. 😉

The Champagne Epicurean

 

Spain is unique, a country where death is a national spectacle, where death sounds great bugle blasts on the arrival of Spring, and its art is always ruled by a shrewd duende which creates its different and inventive quality.

Federico Garcia Lorca

 

 

There can only be one reason why an artist travels to Andalucia: to search for duende. Duende is not a word commonly known outside Spain, outside music and the arts, but it is something all artists strive for. Some of them are fortunate enough to find it and a masterpiece is born. Others create masterpieces merely from their quest of the elusive spirit.

What is duende? Federico Garcia Lorca, the greatest Spanish-language poet to have ever lived, described it thus in a lecture he gave on the subject in Buenos Aires:

Those dark sounds are the mystery, the roots that cling to the…

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