When my wife and I had just started dating, Lorca's In Search of Duendé, was a bible. The themes expressed it it are Andalusian in nature - what we would call Gypsy. Our shared interest in the folk traditions and music of this culture were given context by Lorca in this lovely little book. Through its beauty and mystery I felt more connected to Talia and I fell in love with her intensity and compassion.
The man himself was not afraid to love either. But he was also not afraid to die.
Speaking for the values that he believed in, he was murdered by anti-communist forces. He was only 38 years old.
So thank you, Federico. Your brave life and work will always remain a source of inspiration.
Federico Garcia Lorca (smoldering):