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Serif’s is the first UK edition of this formative work by one of the twentieth century’s greatest writers, and is embellished by Julian Bell’s evocative illustrations, which take the reader straight to the heart of Lorca’s Spain. With its rich, poetic prose, Sketches of Spain is a missing piece in the jigsaw puzzle of a creative life cut tragically short by the author’s assassination at the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War. More

‘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 represent the popular soul.’
Pablo Neruda

‘Lorca’s words sing off the page … These essays show more than a great writer in the making. They show Spain as we have never seen it before.’
The Observer

‘To render into readable English Lorca’s early prose, deeply in debt to the vocabulary and tics of modernismo, is a daunting task, and it seems to me that Peter Bush has risen splendidly to this almost impossible challenge.’
Ian Gibson

‘Both the terms ‘sketches’ and ‘impressions,’ capture absolutely the style and form of the book. Its significance lies in the way that it’s possible to see and, most importantly in the case of Lorca, hear him finding his extraordinary voice … Peter Bush’s translation is brilliantly fluid and inhabits Lorca’s poetic spirit beautifully. Julian Bell’s drawings have something of the same impressionistic, hazy, tentative quality as the prose, and make the perfect travel companion.’
Michael Langan, Polari

‘Much to cherish … particularly memorable.’
The Guardian

208 pp paperback with flaps and b&w drawings, ISBN 978-1-897959-62-6

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