Homage to Barcelona

By | November 12, 2019
Homage to Barcelona Author Colm Toibin
ISBN-10 0330373560
ISBN-13 9780330373562
Year 2002-03-22
Pages 240
Language English
Publisher Picador
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This book celebrates one of Europe s greatest cities a cosmopolitan hub of vibrant architecture art culture and nightlife It moves from the story of the city s founding and its huge expansion in the nineteenth century to the lives of Gaudi Miro Picasso Casals and Dali It also explores the history of Catalan nationalism the tragedy of the Civil War the Franco years and the transition from dictatorship to democracy which Colm Toibin witnessed in the 1970s Written with deep knowledge and affection Homage to Barcelona is a sensuous and beguiling portrait of a unique Mediterranean port and an adopted home Toibin has the narrative poise of Brian Moore and the patient eye for domestic detail of John McGahern but he is very much his own man Observer Having lived in Barcelona off and on since the 70s Toibin knows all the fascinations of its sensuous Mediterranean history and lifestyle and the most precious jewels in the city s treasury of bars Toibin is the perfect guide Chicago Tribune

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