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Blood Wedding - Federico Garcia Lorca

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Published: 23rd September 1996
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Lorca's "Blood Wedding" is a classic of twentieth-century theatre. The story is based on a newspaper fragment which told of a family vendetta and a bride who ran away with the son of the enemy family. Lorca uses it to investigate the subjects which fascinated him: desire, repression, ritual, and the constraints and commitments of the rural Spanish community in which the play is rooted. Ted Hughes's version stays close in spirit and letter to the original Spanish. With marvellous directness, he fuses Lorca's vision to his own, and the result is a powerful poetic text which captures all the violence and pathos of the play for an English-speaking audience.
The great Spanish modernist poet and playwright Frederico Garcia Lorca was born in Fuente Vaqueros, near Granada, in 1898. His plays include "The Butterfly's Evil Spell," "Mariana Pineda," "The Shoemaker's Wonderful Wife," "Blood Wedding," "The Love of Don Perlimpin," "Yerma," "When Five Years Pass," and "The House of Bernada Alba." Lorca's many poetry collections include "Book of Poems," "First Songs," "Poet in New York," "The Gypsy Ballads," and "Poem of Deep Song." In 1936, at the outset of the Spanish Civil War, he was shot and killed by anti-Republican rebels in Franco's army.
The British poet, translator, author, and critic Ted Hughes, born in 1930, wrote more than forty books, including, in the last decade of his life, "Shakespeare and the Goddess of Complete Being"; "Tales from Ovid"; verse adaptations of Aeschylus's "Oresteia," Racine's "Phedre," and Euripedes' "Alcestis"; and the bestselling "Birthday Letters." Hughes served as Poet Laureate to Queen Elizabeth II from 1984 until his death in 1998.
Lorca's "Blood Wedding" is a classic of twentieth-century theatre. The story is based on a newspaper fragment which told of a family vendetta and a bride who ran away with the son of the enemy family. Lorca uses it to investigate the subjects which fascinated him: desire, repression, ritual, and the constraints and commitments of the rural Spanish community in which the play is rooted. Ted Hughes's version stays close in spirit and letter to the original Spanish. With marvellous directness, he fuses Lorca's vision to his own, and the result is a powerful poetic text which captures all the violence and pathos of the play for an English-speaking audience.

ISBN: 9780571190065
ISBN-10: 0571190065
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 80
Published: 23rd September 1996
Publisher: FABER & FABER
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.6  x 0.56
Weight (kg): 0.07
Edition Number: 1