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ISBN-10: 1789142377
ISBN-13: 9781789142372
Publisher: Reaktion Books
Publish Date: 09/12/2020
Dimensions: 9.20" L, 6.40" W, 0.90" H

Deep Song: The Life and Work of Federico García Lorca

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Overview

Federico García Lorca (1898-1936) is perhaps Spain’s most famous writer and cultural icon. By the age of thirty, he had become the most successful member of a brilliant generation of poets, winning critical and popular acclaim by fusing traditional and avant-garde themes and techniques. He would go on to reinvent Spanish theater too, writing bold, experimental, and often shocking plays that dared openly to explore both female and homosexual desire. A vibrant and mercurial personality, by the time Lorca visited Argentina in late 1933, he had become the most celebrated writer and cultural figure in the Spanish-speaking world.

But Lorca’s fame could not survive politics: his identification with the splendor of the Second Spanish Republic (1931-36) was one of the reasons behind Lorca’s murder in August 1936 at the hands of right-wing insurgents at the start of the Spanish Civil War. In this biography, Stephen Roberts seeks out the roots of the man and his work in the places in which Lorca lived and died: the Granadan countryside where he spent his childhood; the Granada and Madrid of the 1910s, ’20s, and ’30s where he received his education and achieved success as a writer; his influential visits to Catalonia, New York, Cuba, and Argentina; and the mountains outside Granada where his body still lies in an undiscovered grave. What emerges is a fascinating portrait of a complex and brilliant man as well as new insight into the works that helped to make his name.

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"Deep Song is rich with Lorca's words and makes one eager to revisit them. . . . Lorca is an intensely mythologized figure, and Roberts is careful not to tell the story of this life in teleological terms, unfolding towards the tragedy of Lorca's assassination of the hands of nationalist militia. Roberts deals with sexuality, class, religion, and politics, but not in such a way that sees these things as inevitable precursors to Lorca's later life. Rather, we get a vision of Lorca as joyous, complex, and experimental, trying his hand at different forms, obsessions, and the possibilities of his art. . . . Deep Song [is] richly textured with Lorca's own words, and makes for a flowing, thoroughly enjoyable introduction to the life as a lived and passionate thing."– "Irish Times"
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Details

ISBN-10: 1789142377
ISBN-13: 9781789142372
Publisher: Reaktion Books
Publish Date: 09/12/2020
Dimensions: 9.20" L, 6.40" W, 0.90" H
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