Books: Raw Whiskey

LAMENT FOR THE DEATH OF A BULLFIGHTER AND OTHER POEMS—Federico Garcia Lorca—English translation by A. L. Lloyd—Oxford University Press ($2.50).

With the sorrowing lyrics of James Joyce (see above), U. S. readers last week could compare a noted poem in a professionally heartbroken tradition. Ballads in the styles called cante hondo and cante flamenco had been made up and sung by guitarristas in Andalusia for centuries before Spanish poets began consciously to exploit their simple metres and barbaric flair. In Spain and in Europe at large the acknowledged master of this school was Federico Garcia Lorca, a musician and theatrical producer who...

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