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MONDAY 23/10/2017

I came back to Granada to live at the very end of August. It didn't take long before my old obsessions started to work on me again and in particular the unresolved question of Lorca's fate in those early days of the nationalist uprising in the summer of 1936 in Granada.

While I was in England, six years ago, I read about Miguel Caballero's investigation which he titled Las trece últimas horas en la vida de García Lorca (The Last Thirteen Hours in Lorca's Life). I wrote two blogs then, in July 2011, one called 'Lorca's Death: Mystery Solved?' (#22) and the other 'Yes but, what about...?' (#23); the second referring to what I saw as issues Caballero's investigation had not satisfactorily resolved.

In September I read Caballero's book and on the 29th I posted the first part of my review of his argument (#64). Today I have just published a post on Angelina Cordobilla, the key witness in Ian Gibson's Lorca biography, who Caballero ignores completely. It is the second part (#69) of a comparison of the two contradictory accounts of Lorca's disappearance (Caballero's and Gibson's).

In two more posts I shall look at the two differing accounts of the poet's transfer to the village of Víznar and the organising and composition of the firing squad that killed him.






These are the questions that Miguel Caballero Pérez (in: Las trece últimas horas en la vida de García Lorca, published in 2011 by La Esfera de los Libros) is confident he has found the answers to.


Caballero's thesis is that there was ‘una concatenación de causas’, a whole constellation of interrelated causes, which had their origin not in political differences but in inter-family and internecine disputes and rivalries that had festered over half a century, out on the Vega of Granada, where Lorca's father had got rich, at others' expense, on the 'sugar boom' of the early twentieth century.

Lorca, himself, Caballero reminds us, was unpolitical, with friends from a wide social and political spectrum. Having demonstrated the poet’s political neutrality, Caballero concludes that the real causes of his death need to be looked for on the Vega of Granada, where the economic and local political conflicts between his and rival families were played out.


Since returning to Granada in August 2017, I have engaged deeply with Caballero's arguments and evidence. You will find more in my Granada la bella blog, posts #64 - #67