The Museo del Prado and Duende

One of my all time favorite novels, set between WW1 and the Spanish Civil War, a time of exploration in the arts, philosophy and the rise of Naziism. “Duende” also tells one of the greatest love stories in literature. I am delighted to see its return.

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Duende Take 2   Duende by Lizzie Eldridge (2014); Cover Image ‘The Divide of Reason’ by Damian Ebejer:

Duende is set in Spain 1900-1936. Early on in the novel, the 2 main characters, Nayo and José, visit the Prado. At this point, Nayo is an art student at the Academia and José is studying philosophy at the Complutense. The year is 1920 and this is their reaction to what they saw (Duende Chapter 3):

Nayo and José had deliberately returned a week before the actual start of their courses. They wanted to get their bearings again and have time to drink coffee in the Plaza del Ángel, the Puerta del Sol, the Plaza de Santa Ana. They wanted to re-acclimatise themselves with the faster pace of Madrid and they also wanted to spend many hours at the Museo del Prado. José had long since made connections between art and philosophy and Nayo…

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About gwpj

Originally from Seattle, I now live in Sapporo, Japan, where I write, explore this city, read widely, and ask questions about things that i see as important. I'm also an author, with three novels published ("The Old Man and The Monkey", "Grandfather and The Raven", and "Bear: a story about a boy and his unusual dog"). For more information about my writing, drop by my website, at
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