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Gypsy Ballads remains García Lorca’s vivid “carved altar piece” to Andalucía, which, as he put it, “hardly expresses visible Andalucía at all, but [is] where the hidden Andalucía trembles.”

Federico García Lorca was a Spanish poet and playwright born in 1898 near Granada. He published his first work of poetry in 1921, and his best-known collection, Romancero Gitano (Gypsy Ballads), in 1928. This volume paints a romantic picture of García Lorca’s homeland filled with olive trees, free-living gypsies, and valiant bullfighters, and cemented his public reputation as a member of the “Generation of ’27”.1García Lorca died in 1936 near Granada; it is believed he was killed by nationalist forces at the outset of the Spanish Civil War.


From “The Song of the Barren Orange Tree” 

Photo : Alhambra, Granada, Spain / May 2016


From “Romance Sonámbulo”

Photo : Alhambra, Granada, Spain / May 2016


From “Arbole, Arbole…”

Photo : Granada, Spain / May 2016


From “City That Does Not Sleep” 

Photo : Granada, Spain / May 2016


From “Ditty of First Desire”

Photo : Seville, Spain / May 2016

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