Saturday, 5 August 2017

A Spectre Is Haunting Europe – Raphael Alberti 1936

From the Sydney newspaper Workers' Weekly 11 Dec 1936  p. 2.

Rafael Alberti Merello (16 December 1902 – 28 October 1999) was a Spanish artist, a member of the Generation of '27. He is considered one of the greatest literary figures of the so-called Silver Age of Spanish Literature, and he won numerous prizes and awards. He died aged 96. After the Spanish Civil War, he went into exile because of his Marxist beliefs. On his return to Spain after the death of Franco, he was named Hijo Predilecto de Andalucía in 1983 and Doctor Honoris Causa by the Universidad de Cádiz in 1985.

Rafael Alberti poem above – Un fantasma recorre Europa – was published in 1933.

That Lloyd's translation was published in the Workers Weekly in Australia in 1936 indicates the effect of and interest of the Spanish Civil War and the important role of poetry and song in that struggle against fascism. Once again we find Lloyd's work being published in Australia.

Rafael Alberti Foundation

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