Destino, 2022 | Friend


Inés Sánchez Cruz, a Mexican poet working as a Creative Writing instructor in the United States, arrives at the Residencia de Estudiantes in Madrid to give a poetry workshop and investigate a recent discovery: the family archive of Joaquín Amigo, a friend of García Lorca, who was taken away and violently murdered at the beginning of the Spanish Civil War. Inés is in a deep rut for reasons that seem linked to academic power struggles and professional disappointments in recent years. The death of a close friend in the department unearths a series of traumatic memories that intermingle with the documents she is researching and the letters she finds in the family archive.

A fascinating story blending fiction and reality with an examination of one of the least-known figures of the Generation of ’27 and the author’s own documentary discoveries.

A moving and revealing novel that delves into the strength of friendship, betrayal, and the ways chance and history force us to reflect on life.