Art and Culture  Obituaries 

José Miguel de Prada Poole, 1938-2021

Homo ludens

Eduardo Prieto 

Like Oskar Matzerath – the main character of The Tin Drum who at three years of age, already aware of the horrors of adulthood, hurls himself down the stairs in order not to grow further – José Miguel de Prada Poole one day decided not to take part in the irrational seriousness of the system of his elders, and gave himself over to a different kind of seriousness: that of play. Like Oskar Matzerath – trapped in a child’s body but more clairvoyant than any grown-up – Prada Poole felt himself in possession of a lucidness removed from common sense: the lucidness to imagine the future with a relentless constructive logic...[+]

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