In 1954 the German magazine, Der Monat, commissioned Gerald Brenan to write an article about
50 years have passed since the publishing of South from Granada and Yegen has changed completely. There aren’t any ‘Black Marias’ anymore, they are blond and come from Brighton and all the witches have left for ever, probably horrified by the new buildings. The village is motorized; every young man has a car in which he zooms around playing loud techno music. The land is semi-abandoned, only a few patches of tomatoes remain and the harvest is something of the past. There are no dances at night, they have been substituted by the sound of TV, and the young go to the Discos in nearby villages.
Gerald Brenan absorbed and described the old way of life in Yegen with delicacy and perception. South from Granada is an important account of times that have vanished for ever.