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Federico Garcia Lorca: A Life [Paperback]

Ian Gibson
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18 Jun 1990
Known primarily as a poet and dramatist, Spanish writer Federico Garcia Lorca published four books before his early death in the Spanish Civil War. This biography gives an account of his family, his homosexuality and his mysterious death, as well as tracing his literary development.

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  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; New Ed edition (18 Jun 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571142249
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571142248
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 70,425 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ian Gibson's celebrated biography Federico García Lorca: A Life won the Duff Cooper Memorial Prize and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. His biography of Salvador Dalí was published in 1997 to much critical acclaim. He lives near Granada in southern Spain.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A must for all Lorcanistas 5 Jan 2012
By Jikky
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Anyone who studies Spanish past beginners won't get too far without coming across Federico Garcia Lorca. This book is a must; not only does it describe Lorca's life in a well-researched, readable manner, but it also gives an insight into Spain, particularly during the 1930s, when there was political turmoil.
Once I started reading the book, I couldn't put it down. As I'm a very slow reader, it took me some time to finish the book and during that time, I felt as if Lorca himself had been staying with me. Gibson describes Lorca's behaviour and personality so well that he comes off the page and lives. Gibson also informs us about the other well-known people in Lorca's life, such as his matador friend Sanchez Mejias, and his leading lady, Encarnacion.
Lorca began life as a sensitive boy from a well-off family living in rural Andalusia. He was not destined for academia, preferring the arts, and by the time he reached his late teens, he realised he was homosexual. But in an era where this was anathema, it set a struggle which he had to deal with for the rest of his life.
Lorca became depressed, so his father sent him to New York. He hated it, and, as with all events in his life, his emotions were channelled into his work.
A couple of years later, Lorca returned to Spain, but it was much different from the Spain he'd left; it was the pre-Franco era.
Despite his success in the theatre and as a poet, inside, Lorca was a nervous wreck, constantly terrified that his private life would become public as he became more famous. Gibson paints the picture so well, telling how Lorca was so anxious that he was on the point of collapse when he was arrested in 1936.
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Like all good books reading Hotel Florida by Amanda Vailla, excited interest in so many other people and their life stories and poetry including Lorca who was murdered during the Spanish civil war.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Looks Comprehensive 5 Dec 2012
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The book is a gift so I wont be in a position to comment on the quality of its content but it does look very well researched. That's why i bought it !
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very interesting and detailed study of the great Spanich poet 4 Feb 2013
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I would recommend it to anyone interested in Lorca, his poetry and theatre and to teachers of contemporary Spanish literature.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lorquiana! 15 April 2005
By Jeffery Mingo - Published on Amazon.com
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I read this book years ago from cover to cover and I had never even read any Lorca. This book is huge! (500 pages!) But I completed it all.

I think that those interested in the lives of pre-Stonewall gays will find this especially enlightening. Lorca uses Freudian, problematic reasoning for explaining his gayness. Like Gide and many other insecure gays, he harps on feminine gay men. Like Langston Hughes, Yukio Mishima, and again Andre Gide, he was inspired by the homoerotic poetry of Walt Whitman.

In this book, it is implied that Lorca loved Dali and Dali was both repulsed and intrigued by that love. So that scenario of gay man having unrequited love for straight man is played out here. However, in the documentary "Split," the viewer sees Dali courting a she-male. In Manrique's "Eminent M*r*c*n*es," he states that an American man, later in his life, admitted that he and Dali had a sexual relationship. So Gibson's portrayal of Dali as exclusively heterosexual may be inaccurate.

In Lorca's last days, the fascists were taking over Spain and they may have killed him for prejudiced reasons. Now, Spain has a Socialist president who is seriously considering legalizing gay marriage. This book will help to track progress. Lorca may be to Spanish gay men what James Baldwin is to American ones.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 13 Aug 2014
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