Now re-released this excellently descriptive book of life expatriating to the Sierra Nevada region of Adalucia, Spain is a joy to read. Written in part as a travelogue and part-biography English author Gerald Brenan is an inspiration to anyone who has visited this or any other remote part of the world and dreamed of living there.
From Amazon: “Between 1920 and 1934, Gerald Brenan lived in the remote Spanish village of Yegen and South of Granada depicts his time there, vividly evoking the essence of his rural surroundings and the Spanish way of life before the Civil War. Here he portrays the landscapes, festivals and folk-lore of the Sierra Nevada, the rivalries, romances and courtship rituals, village customs, superstitions and characters. Fascinating details emerge, from cheap brothels to archaeological remains, along with visits from Brenan’s friends from the Bloomsbury group – Lytton Strachey and Virginia Woolf among them. ”
‘The best of Brenan’s books: he has a true and proper knowledge of the culture he describes’
Cyril Connolly, Sunday Times
‘A brilliant interpreter of Spain to the rest of the world’