Superior room: La Luna Asoma

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Superior room: La Luna Asoma

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The moon wakes


When the moon sails out
the bells fade into stillness
and there emerge the pathways
that can't be penetrated.

When the moon sails out
the water hides earth's surface,
the heart feels like an island
in the infinite silence.

Nobody eats an orange
under the moon's fullness.
It is correct to eat, then,
green and icy fruit.

When the moon sails out
with a hundred identical faces,
the coins made of silver
sob in your pocket.

(Federico García Lorca, Canciones, 1927)
Translated by A. S. Kline

La Luna Asoma is one of our Superior rooms and it is based on a Federico García Lorca's poem.
Federico García Lorca was the son of a well-to-do farmer, born in Fuentevaqueros, a village outside the Moorish city of Granada in 1899. He studied Law in Granada, before moving to the "Residencia de Estudiantes" in Madrid where interested in music, poetry and theatre influenced by Juan Ramón Jiménez and Machado. He was a part of the avant-garde of the 1920s, knew Buñuel and Dali, spent 1929-1930 in New York City, travelled to Cuba and then returned to Spain. During the last 10 years of his life, Lorca kept a summer house in Granada, where he wrote most of his major works. He was arrested and murdered by Nationalist soldiers near there, at the beginning of the Spanish Civil War in 1936.

Passion, pride, love and tragedy are the markers of Federico García Lorca's work, in which folk themes and fables combine with a modernist sensibility of despair and the depth of soul or heart that is known as duende.

During the summer of 1924 García Lorca family and Manuel de Falla invited Juan Ramon Jimenez to visit Granada. Juan Ramon Jimenez later wrote an abstract poem called the Water Thief or in Spanish "El Ladron de Agua" inspired by this trip. Juan Ramon Jimenez was captivated by the beauty and history of Granada and this poem later became part of a poetry collection called Forgotten Memories of Granada - "Olvidos de Granada".

Superior room: La Luna Asoma

Balcony of La Luna Asoma room.

 

 

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