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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Picador (March 22, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330373560
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330373562
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 5.1 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,546 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"'Colm Toibin writes prose of a heartbreaking beauty' Hilary Mantel, Daily Telegraph"

About the Author

Colm Toibin was born in Ireland in 1955. He is the author of five novels, most recently The Master which was shorlisted for the 2004 Man Booker Prize. His non-fiction includes Bad Blood, Homage to Barcelona and The Sign of the Cross. His work has been translated into seventeen languages. He lives in Dublin.

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Colm Toibin is the author of four previous novels, The South, The Heather Blazing, The Story of the Night, and The Blackwater Lightship, which was shortlisted for the 1999 Booker Prize. He lives in Dublin.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jaime Capella-fuster on August 29, 2010
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Well written account of the author's time in Barcelona and the rest of Catalonia which demonstrates a unique sensitivity to issues of national identity. Worthwhile reading for outsiders trying to make sense of the wonderful part of Europe that is Catalunya-the land of Casals, Miró, Dalí- and understand their artistic and cultural milieu.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Charles Tracy on July 22, 2010
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Excellent book for those traveling to Barcelona for the first time.

Well written with excellent details on the cultural and political history over the past century.

Good review of Picasso ,Miro and Casals

love this book!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By C. Hilton on November 6, 2010
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This is a delightful book and a joy to read. It's wonderful mix of many aspects of Barcelona (e.g., history, architecture, food, lifestyle) and some nearby places. Makes me want to return to Barcelona very soon. I'll understand it better next time thanks to this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Madeline Bragar on October 13, 2013
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Exceeded my expectations! Should be top of the list for all who love Barcelona, the arts and get the relationship of the Catalonian people and the politics of contemporary Spain.
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The Irish author Colm Tóibín wrote this extended love letter to his second home during his second extended stay there in 1988, 10 years after he first left. He first arrived there in 1975, as a 20 year old recent college graduate, two months before the death of General Francisco Franco. Tóibín begins the book by providing a first hand account of those heady and uncertain days following Franco's death, when no one knew what freedoms would be permitted, or whether democracy would truly take hold in the country after nearly 40 years of civil war and fascist rule. A rich description of the Gothic Quarter (Barri Gòtic), the center of the old city, follows, along with a brief history of the city, Catalonia as a whole, and its unique language, cuisine and relationship with Spain. Separate chapters are dedicated to the lives and influences of Antonio Gaudí, the Modernist architect whose unorthodox creations are featured throughout the city, including the still uncompleted Sagrada Família and the Casa Batlló, Pablo Picasso and Joan Miró.

Tóibín also describes the major political and factions that dominated the city in the years preceding and during the Spanish Civil War, particularly the wealthy landowners and industrialists, who refused to provide their employees with a decent standard of living and occasionally beat and killed those who dared complain; the trade unions that arose in response to the inhumane treatment of the workers; the Anarchists, whose violent opposition to the Church and the wealthy elite led to the deaths of hundreds of priests; the Communists; and the Republican government, which ultimately fell to the rebels led by Franco and his colleagues during the Civil War.
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