|John Sargent's painting, "Jaleo," 1882|
Okay, so it's not just Hemingway. Sargent's "Jaleo", Welles's Homage to Catalonia, García Lorca's vivid depictions of southern Spain's gypsy culture (which we all read for high school Spanish lit.), to the Spanish guitar of Paco de Lucía, the images we hold of Spain's culture reflect a particular anglophone experience shaped in the early 20th century by Brits and Americans who passed through the Anglophone colonies of the Iberian peninsula. They are rich, indulgent images. But this is not a blog about them. Spain has moved on, grown up, and modernized.
Or, perhaps it is better to say, there are many Spains and that is only one of them. This blog seeks to introduce its readers to the Spain Hemingway didn't see (or at least didn't write about), and perhaps help them get a deeper and more modern day appreciation of what Spain is, and what it has to offer to the world.