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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics; New Ed edition (26 April 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141185759
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141185750
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,454 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Federico García Lorca was born into an educated family of small landowners in Fuente Vaqueros in 1898. In 1928 his Gipsy-Ballad Book (Romancero gitano) received much public acclaim. In 1929 he went to New York with Fernando de los Ríos and his volume of poems Poet in New York (Poeta en Nueva York) was published posthumously in 1940. On his return to republican Spain, he devoted himself to the theatre, as co-director of La Barraca, a government-sponsored student theatrical company that toured the country. He now wrote fewer poems, but these include his masterpiece Lament for Ignacio Sánchez Mejías (Llanto por la muerte de Ignacio Sánchez Mejías, 1935), a lament for a dead bullfighter. He wrote classical plays, pantomimic interludes, puppet plays, La zapatera prodigiosa (1930) and three tragedies: Blood Wedding (Bodas de sangre, 1933), Yerma (1934) and The House of Bernarda Alba (La casa de Bernarda Alba, 1936). Just after the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War in 1936 he was murdered at Granada by Nationalist partisans, in mysterious circumstances.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Deborah R on 24 Sept. 2012
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if you are studying the plays of Lorca this is an invaluable quick revision guide - read the story very quickly in Engliah & get a feel for the Spanish.....
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By Jessica Alade on 18 Jun. 2013
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I'm a massive Lorca fan so a tad biased, but a really brilliant translation! Well worth the money! Absolute bargain!
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By Mr. S. A. Roberts on 23 Oct. 2011
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Think this a great cultural and political play. Like the poetry and the symbolism very much. Looking very much to preforming it at The Arts Depot next Summer.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Oct. 2004
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I am a Spanish A level student and for our literature coursework we are in the middle of erading "La Casa de Barnarda Alba" (or in English "The House of Bernarda Alba"). I can only really comment on the one particular play but from what i've read that has been written by Lorca I want to read more!
This play is fenomenal! It's immense! It takes you in to the seedy underworld of Spanish society in the time of Lorca!
At the time the play was very controversial as it highlights much of what was wrong with the Spanish society that Lorca lived in. There's lying, rape, jealousy, social hierachy, oppression of women, unfaithful fiancees...it's all in here and that's only from the first two acts!
If La Casa is any thing to go by, the rest of these three plays will be fantastic!
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