Written between 1961 and 1966 but left unpublished until 1982, Castilian Blues clearly shows the blueprints of the elements that would later on define Gamoneda’s entire work: a raw yet clear voice that not only addresses the search for freedom under a dictatorship, but also pushes the boundaries of poetic language. In a similar way to the genre of music that inspired it, Castilian Blues molds suffering and pain into a collection of poems that effortlessly highlights the musical pulses of language. This is a reviewed edition of the original and its first English translation.
Antonio Gamoneda (1931) is a Spanish poet. He was awarded with the inaugural European Prize for Literature, the Reina Sofia Award, and the Cervantes Prize, the highest honor in Spanish literature. He is the author of Sublevación inmóvil / Motionless Revolt (1960), Descripción de la mentira /A description of the Lie ( 1977), Edad /Age (Poetry 1947-1986 ), amongst others. Written in the 1960s and censored for political reasons in Francoist Spain, Castilian Blues was only published in 1982. This is its first English edition. Translated by Benito del Pliego & Andrés Fisher. Art cover: “En Geometría” by Iván Blanco