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Duende : A Journey In Search Of Flamenco - Jason Webster

Duende

A Journey In Search Of Flamenco

Paperback Published: 1st January 2004
ISBN: 9780552999977
Number Of Pages: 352

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"Having pursued a conventional enough path through school and university, Jason Webster was all set to enter the world of academe as a profession. But when his aloof Florentine girlfriend of some years dumped him unceremoniously, he found himself at a crossroads. Abandoning the world of libraries and the future he had always imagined for himself, he headed off instead for Spain in search of duende, the intense emotional state - part ecstasy, part desperation - so intrinsic to flamenco. DUENDE is an account of his years spent in Spain feeding his obsessive interest in flamenco- he subjects himself to the tyranny of his guitar teacher, practising for hours on end until his fingers bleed; he becomes involved in a passionate affair with Lola, a flamenco dancer (and older woman) married to the gun-toting Vicente, only to flee Alicante in fear of his life; in Madrid, he falls in with Gypsies and meets the imperious Jes s. Joining their dislocated, cocaine-fuelled world, stealing cars by night and sleeping away the days in tawdry rooms, he finds himself spiralling self-destructively downwards. It is only when he arrives in Granada bruised and battered, after two years total immersion in

"The autobiography-as-travelogue that is also a rite of passage is a form which worked brilliantly for Laurie Lee and Bruce Chatwin - both novelists as well as seekers after the truth-behind-the-truth. Ladies and gentlemen, we have a new star of the genre: Jason Webster" * Daily Mail * "His descriptions of troubled modern day Spain are mesmerising, but the greater curiosity is in seeing just how much trouble the confused innocent can create for himself before finding out whom he might really be" * Daily Express * "Wonderfully told, with enough detail about flamenco to educate the curious, and enough drama and characters to fill a novel, Webster may not have turned out to be a guitar maestro, but his journey is recounted like a master" * Wanderlust * "Duende is an intensely personal portrait of a country in the throes of modernisation, whose spirit still defies definition" * Observer * "One of the best books ever written about Spain" * Literary Review *

ISBN: 9780552999977
ISBN-10: 0552999970
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 1st January 2004
Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.4 x 13.8  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.24
Edition Number: 1