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Deep Song by Stephen Roberts

Deep Song: The Life and Work of Federico Garcia Lorca

Stephen Roberts

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Imprint: Reaktion Books
Publisher: Reaktion Books
Publication date: 13 Jul 2020
ISBN: 9781789142372

A full portrait of the complex and brilliant Spanish poet and dramatist Federico Garcia Lorca.

3 stars out of 5
Sean Hewitt
20 Jun 2020

"a flowing, thoroughly enjoyable introduction to the life as a lived and passionate thing"

Lorca is an intensely mythologised 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.