This year marks the 70th anniversary of the brutal assassination of Federico Garcia Lorca, widely proclaimed to be Spain’s finest writer. He was murdered at the age of 38 by a fascist militia and thrown into an unmarked grave.
It is unsurprising that Lorca died at the hands of General Franco’s supporters. He stood in defiance of everything that Spain’s fascist dictator represented.
Lorca was gay. He was a celebrated poet and playwright, as well as a noted artist, pianist and composer.
He used his artistic ability to explore modernity, what it meant to be human, and to desire, and he raged against the injustices inflicted on ordinary people by wealth and power.
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