Story of a swing (Spanish)

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By Javier Moscoso

Published by: Taurus

ISBN: 9788430622214

Hardcover. 320 pages. 16 x 24,5 cm

Language: Spanish

The fascinating history, far removed from the playground, of a contraption steeped in magic, passions, legends, rites, enjoyment, eroticism, fun or death.

The swing has accompanied human beings since classical Greece or pre-imperial China. Its uses have carved a fertile ground between art and life, between ritual and knowledge, between culture and play. Javier Moscoso, one of the most original and prestigious Spanish essayists, explores the pleasure of oscillation and the universality of this instrument, mainly feminine, through its uses, meanings and metaphors, with echoes and marvellous coincidences in remote times and places: from the witch's broom to aerial yoga, from the gallows to the gallant court.

Moscoso brilliantly explores the presence and role of the swing in the works of Watteau, Fragonard or Goya, among many others; the pendular movement as a game of transposition in which the woman adopts the dominant position; or the astonishing areas of confluence with other cultural traditions, in India, Korea, Thailand or China. Linked since antiquity with sex and death, used by gods and madmen, an erotic and therapeutic instrument at the same time, the swing is an essential, though forgotten, object in the universal history of human experience.

Reference: FE20134

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