Lorca in the news

The Secret to Stopping Facism
“Fascism is the future refusing to be born,” British politician and social justice warrior Aneurin Bevan once said. Kryptonite for fascism may just be the committed artist — particularly the one who performs in front of a live audience and who does so with a sense of humor…Federico García Lorca was an artist particularly hated by fascists for his brilliant poetry and plays. He hated them back: “Politics is the ugliest, most disagreeable thing I know,” Lorca told a group of students in 1932, years before he would have to choose sides in the Spanish Civil War. Lorca was no politician: “I am an anarchist, communist, libertarian, Catholic, traditionalist, and a monarchist,” he said cheekily, trying to stay a moving target, yet able to laugh at an unsmiling foe for trying to force him in a box. [20 September 2017, full article]

Exploring the World Federico García Lorca Left Behind
Desde mi cuarto /oigo el surtidor
From my room /I hear the fountain
I always thought that Federico Garcia Lorca wrote these lines at his Granada home, the family’s summer house at the city’s edge. One reason why I thought so is the poem’s title: Granada y 1850 (Granada and 1850). The sense of heavy foreboding that hangs over this short, haiku-like poem is the other, more important reason…Today, one does not hear the fountain from the Huerta de San Vicente (Garden of Saint Vincent), as the house has always been called. [2 September 2017, full article]

Arts Season Preview Spotlight: Federico García Lorca
Federico García Lorca, one of Spain’s most revered writers, lived a life that was steeped in tragedy and ended in mystery. He was born 1898, near Granada, and in the Roaring ’20s he palled around with the likes of Salvador Dalí. A poet and playwright, his fame spread as he wrote his greatest works: “Blood Wedding,” “Yerma” and “The House of Bernarda Alba.” García Lorca’s plays challenged the role of women in Spanish culture, criticized the country’s class system and generally rebelled against society’s constraints…Central Florida theatergoers will have the chance to see his most famous work interpreted twice this season. “The House of Bernarda Alba” is a look at love and honor. In the story, a domineering mother controls the fortunes of her five daughters after the death of her husband. García Lorca uses his all-female play to examine the consequences of isolation, conformity and repression. [2 September 2017, full article]

Will Spain’s ‘disappeared’ find justice in Argentina?
It was a moonless night in the countryside outside Granada, Spain in 1936. A coded execution order came down: “Give him coffee, lots of coffee!” Antonio Benavides, part of an irregular volunteer firing squad, obliged. “I gave that fat-head a shot in the head,” he reportedly boasted later. This is one account of the death of the famed Spanish poet and playwright, Federico Garcia Lorca. There are many others. After all these years, the circumstances surrounding Lorca’s death and the whereabouts of his remains continue to be one of the great mysteries of Spain’s recent history. But after 81 long years can – will – the truth finally emerge? In response to a request by the Spanish Association for the Recuperation of Historical Memory (ARHM), an Argentinian judge, Maria Servini de Cubria, agreed to investigate the death of Lorca in August 2016. [30 August 2017, full article]

36 hours in Granada, Spain
Like Agra, India, and the Taj Mahal, the Andalusian city of Granada in southern Spain is so well known for a single monument — the Alhambra, a walled fortress housing magnificent 13th- to 15th-century Moorish palaces and gardens — that the city itself is sometimes overlooked. With more than two million visitors descending on the Alhambra, a Unesco World Heritage site, every year, the city’s tourism industry had settled into a somewhat formulaic routine of shuttling visitors in and out of the city in about 24 hours. But recently some other ancient structures have been restored, and the region’s distinctive gastronomy has come into its own. The city that was home to the poet Federico García Lorca, the painter José Guerrero and the composer Manuel de Falla has deep cultural roots, but now a new crop of small foundations and independent exhibition spaces has revived its arty buzz. Let the Alhambra wait a bit while getting seduced by the city that has grown up around it. [10 August 2017, full article]


Can poetry stop a highway? Wielding words in the battle over Roe 8
Can poetry stop a highway? On the face of it you wouldn’t think so. But this idea is being put to the test in Perth’s southern suburbs in the protest movement that has sprung up suddenly and forcefully against Roe 8…[James] Quinton’s poem Hope Road pastiches Federico García Lorca’s famous surrealist poem City that Does not Sleep (Ciudad sin sueño) written in 1930, Garcia Lorca’s poem takes the form of an incantatory warning — “Be careful! Be careful! Be careful!” —that repeatedly insists that no one ever sleeps, and someone always watches…The conceit in García Lorca’s poem that links the “open eyes” with “bitter wounds” is taken up in Quinton’s poem. Here it is the “wounds” to the land created by the bulldozers, linked to the eyes of the protesters determined to witness an event that the road builders would prefer to have kept hidden. [10 January 2017, full article]


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