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Of the 100-odd posts on my “Granada la Bella” blogsite (09/02/19), 19 deal with the disappearance and murder of the poet Federico García Lorca soon after the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War in 1936.


Of these, 12, quite specifically, refer to the evidence of the events leading up to the killing on a roadside outside the village of Víznar in August of that year,  provided by Miguel Caballero Pérez in his study Las trece últimas horas en la vida de García Lorca (The Last Thirteen Hours in the Life of Garcia Lorca) and by Ian Gibson in his recently revised work El asesinato de García Lorca (The Murder of Garcia Lorca).


Posts 64-67, written in September and October 2017, examine the evidence provided by Miguel Caballero. Posts 68-71, written in October and November, then make a comparison of Caballero’s findings and conclusions with those of Ian Gibson.


It must have been the publication of Caballero’s book in 2011 that eventually persuaded Gibson to revise and republish his pioneering work, first published in France in 1971, for it presented new evidence that challenged the veracity of Gibson’s findings. The very title is a gauntlet thrown down to the highly respected Lorca expert, whose investigations pointed to the probability of Lorca being held in Granada for one or possibly two nights before being taken away to be shot. Whereas Caballero is convinced that the time lapse from Lorca's arrest in the afternoon of 16 August 1936 to his facing the facing squad at dawn could not have been much more than twelve hours.


Gibson’s work was consequently republished in April 2018 (see book cover on the left) and in the following two months, May and June, in Posts 86-89, I reviewed it, considered the evidence where it differed from Caballero’s, and drew my own conclusions.



In case you didn't know:

  • The AVE (high-speed train) is coming to Granada in June. For sure. Read the blog. (Coming soon.)

  • The remains of Spain's greatest twentieth century poet have still not been located. Ian Gibson says they've been looking in the wrong place but they should carry on searching. But the search has been abandoned. Again. Read more, soon!

  • The exhibition -Amor (con alas y flechas) - which was supposed to have celebrated the arrival of the “Lorca Legacy” (the collection of thousands of documents and manuscripts as well as literary, critical, and artistic works that bear direct witness to the poet’s life, times and creative activity) will now be put on, they say, in March 2019. (Look out for my review.)

  • The Garcia Lorca Granada-Jaen International Airport continues to flourish after the setback following Ryanair's abandonment in 2010. The next new international flight goes to Nantes in France and starts on 31 March. Anyone fancy a trip to the Loire valley? Thanks Easy Jet!




Lópex Sancho's famous caricature of the Cante Jondo Competition in Granada, 1922, with the eventual prize-winner, "El Tenazas" (Diego Bermúdez) on stage, Manuel de Falla in the middle of the audience, and Lorca right behind him, clutching his forehead. See


On the disappearance and murder of the poet García Lorca in August 1936

Classic view of the Alhambra - from Paseo de los Tristes

RECENT POSTS (09/02-2019)



When I recently added a post about the problem of air pollution, it was my seventeenth entry under the label of Granada.

So I decided to split the Granada category into two: Historic Granada and Contemporary issues. The division is not straightforward as in Granada history can easily become a contemporary issues, as is the case of the celebration of the Toma, 2 January 1492, the rendition of the city by its Moorish-Moslem leaders to the Catholic Monarchs, Ferdinand and Isabel. Besides, many of the numerous posts regarding Lorca’s life or works or death could equally well be classified as History.

Anyway, I listed seven posts under Historic Granada and eight under Contemporary.

That left two that didn’t quite fit in and which I put in a category of their own, which I headed: City of (Unfulfilled) Dreams. I might explain and/or edit this later.

Contemporary issues prior to the pollution post include tourist density, tapas, and the performance of Estrella Morente at Sadlers Wells, which I saw while living in London. They also include Ten Must-see Lorca sites and the inauguration of Plaza Joe Strummer, both of which could of course been placed under History.

Since the Air Pollution entry I have added three: one about Emilia Llanos’s close relationship to Lorca, and two about the Cante Jondo competition of 1922.

Below is an overview of the re-classified posts:


Historic Granada.

  1. Palacio de los Vargas (post #35)
  2. Gran Via (34)
  3. Moclin (31)
  4. G unpaved (25)
  5. Capital of Spain (11)
  6. Millennium (2)
  7. Islam culture & politics (0)


Emilia Llanos Medina (98)

Cante Jondo Competition (100)


Contemporary Granada

  1. Air pollution (post #97)
  2. Two Exhumation (96)
  3. Tourist density (80)
  4. Spring Festival (46)
  5. 10 Lorca sites (42)
  6. Tapas (36)
  7. Plaza J Strummer (26)
  8. Estrella Morente (17)


City of (Unfulfilled) Dreams

City of unrealised dreams (post #61)

Decline (21)