Duende

By Lizzie Eldridge

Literary fiction, General fiction, Historical fiction | Paperback, eBook


‘Duende. That most vital struggle, when touching death is knowing, and truly knowing, life.’ In the years leading up to the Spanish Civil War, two men fall in love, a relationship which, in public, can never be accepted. Throughout their lives, Nayo, an artist, and José, a philosopher, wrestle with the duende, a force propelling passion, authenticity and fearless confrontation with death. Their journey coincides with that of real-life people: Salvador Dalí, Ortega y Gasset and, most significantly, Federico García Lorca who becomes their friend. Nayo and José are part of this wider movement in European art when creativity flourished amidst escalating violence. Provoking parallels with the instability of our contemporary world, Duende unfolds within a complex and vibrant landscape in which survival is paramount while existence is tenuous and forever under threat.


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‘Duende. That most vital struggle, when touching death is knowing, and truly knowing, life.’ In the years leading up to the Spanish Civil War, two men fall in love, a relationship which, in public, can never be accepted. Throughout their lives, Nayo, an artist, and José, a philosopher, wrestle with the duende, a force propelling passion, authenticity and fearless confrontation with death. Their journey coincides with that of real-life people: Salvador Dalí, Ortega y Gasset and, most significantly, Federico García Lorca who becomes their friend. Nayo and José are part of this wider movement in European art when creativity flourished amidst escalating violence. Provoking parallels with the instability of our contemporary world, Duende unfolds within a complex and vibrant landscape in ...


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Lizzie Eldridge grew up in Glasgow and, after teaching theatre in universities for 14 years, she moved to Malta in 2008. Here she wrote and published her first novel, Duende, and her second novel, Vandalism, is due for publication this year (Merlin Publishers). Lizzie is also an actor, theatre director, and teaches English as a foreign language.



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