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Homage to Barcelona [Tapa blanda]

Colm Toibin

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21 de mayo de 2010 0330373560 978-0330373562 New Ed

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 Gaudí, Miró, Picasso, Casals and Dalí. 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 Tóibín 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.

‘Tóibín 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” . . . Tóibín is the perfect guide’ Chicago Tribune


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

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Colm Tóibín 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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Amazon.com: 4.6 de un máximo de 5 estrellas  5 opiniones
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5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas An insightful, nuanced view of Catalan national identity 29 de agosto de 2010
Por Jaime Capella-fuster - Publicado en Amazon.com
Formato:Tapa blanda|Compra verificada
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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5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Homage to Barcelona 22 de julio de 2010
Por Charles Tracy - Publicado en Amazon.com
Formato:Tapa blanda|Compra verificada
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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5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas I wish I had read it before I went to Barcelona 6 de noviembre de 2010
Por C. Hilton - Publicado en Amazon.com
Formato:Tapa blanda
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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4.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Eat, pray, art of Spain! 13 de octubre de 2013
Por Madeline Bragar - Publicado en Amazon.com
Formato:Tapa blanda|Compra verificada
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.
4.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas An insightful and excellent introduction to Barcelona and Catalonia 9 de enero de 2014
Por Darryl R. Morris - Publicado en Amazon.com
Formato:Tapa blanda
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.

In later chapters he explores smaller towns in Catalonia, including the medieval city of Girona, known for its Passion Play about the last days of Jesus Christ and the macabre and dangerous Dance of Death that only residents can attend; the Costa Brava, which has become a favored destination for tourists but still holds pockets of isolated beauty; and Llavorsí, a mountainous village that has also experienced a not completely welcome transformation due to the influence of non-Catalonians.

Throughout the book Tóibín compares his impressions of Catalonia during his first stay from 1975-1978 with his subsequent ones in 1988. The book closes with the preparations underway in the city for the 1992 Summer Olympic Games, which seem to be disjointed, disruptive and a vague threat to that unique region.

"Homage to Barcelona" was a superb and beautifully written introduction to a city which I plan to visit for the first time later this year. At just over 200 pages it would serve well as a portable cultural guide to Barcelona and Catalonia, although it is now a bit dated nearly 25 years after its initial release. My only disappointment was that Tóibín only dedicated a couple of paragraphs to the region's leading authors and those non-Catalonians who have written about the city. I used the maps in "Everyman Mapguides Barcelona" and "Secret Barcelona" to help me locate the buildings and streets mentioned in [Homage to Barcelona], as Tóibín's book contains no illustrations or photographs.
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