domingo, 14 de mayo de 2017

Tony Bryant´s books have the essence of Andalusia

Tony Bryant is a free-lance writer and author of five books about Spanish theme and he has worked as a journalist at SUR in English since 2016. He was born in London and he has lived in Spain since 1994. He writes about Andalusian customs, traditions, gypsies and their music and Spanish culture in general. His main publications, Flamenco Heritage: The Clan of El Pinini; Flamenco: An Englishman's Passion; Gitanerias: The Essence of Flamenco; Flamenco: Herencia del tiempo, Andalusia: Between Dream and Reality. 

It is not only the flamenco´s world. These books are full of his experiences and they deal with different aspects of Andalusian traditions and customs: Easter, festivals, bullfighting, food, history, etc. So, Andalusia is a fascinating place for centuries.

According to Bryant in his work Gitanerías the poet from Granada, Lorca, is associated strongly with the "duende": something although you cannot see or touch it, you will sense its overwhelming presence (2016, p. 188). For Brenan, in South from Granada, the "duende" is a mysterious power that people or things can have it.  For example, a flamenco singer who goes so far beyond his ordinary powers that his listeners are transported (1963, p. 124).

Bryant says that the present style of life and the daily work of the people in the cities of Andalucía are not too different to any other in Europe, although they have their roots in an ancestral culture, this one is more obvious in small towns.

Bibliographic source

Brenan, G. (1963). South from Granada. London: Penguin Books.
Bryant, T. (2016). Gitanerías. Museo del Baile Flamenco: Sevilla.
Bryant, T. (2017). Andalusia: Between Dream and Reality. Málaga: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

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