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Walks through literary Barcelona

  • Ediciones Península
  • 1ª ed., 1ª imp.(12/04/2005)
  • 368 pages; 23x15 cm
  • Language: Inglés
  • ISBN: 8483076519 ISBN-13: 9788483076514
  • Cover: Rústica
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  • 32,25€ 30,64€ 

From medieval Barcelona to the post-Olympic period, a wide range of written views, which have given the Catalan capital a strong literary character, open up. Bernat Metge and Juan Boscán wrote in its Gothic shadow. Miguel de Cervantes chose it as the only urban stage for his immortal Don Quijote. Jacint Verdaguer and Joan Maragall made it poetic. Narcís Oller and Josep Maria de Sagarra centred their great novels in it, portraying the splendour of its middle class and the decadence of its aristocracy. For George Orwell and Simone Weil, it was an unforgettable revolutionary landscape, and for Mercè Rodoreda – or for Carmen Laforet – it was the living space for figures destined to become archetypes. Baron Maldà and Josep Pla painstakingly documented its daily life. Jean Genet and Pieyre de Mandiargues sought out its dark side; Salvat-Papasseit and Jaime Gil de Biedma made it the setting for their lyrical autobiographies. In recent years, Barcelona has been a "noir" criminal city in Vázquez Montalbán's "Carvalho cycle", while Eduardo Mendoza, Juan Marsé, Quim Monzó and Carlos Ruiz Zafón have continued to raise it to the status of undying literary legend.

A cross between a travel book and cultural journalism, Walks through literary Barcelona offers a literary and visual journey through the landscapes of these and many other writers, and, with one route after another, confronts us with the uncertainty over which is more real: the city we experience or the one we imagine, and whether the former would be the same had the latter not existed.


Barcelona's Gothic stones: A walk with Desclot, Metge and Boscán
José Enrique Ruiz Domènec

Just seeing Barcelona: the Quijote route
Jordi Galves

The Barcelona of Baron Maldà
Joan de Déu Domènech

The Barcelona of manners and customs
Julià Guillamon

Verdaguer and Barcelona
Joan Nogués

The Rambla, a torrent of lives
Sergi Doria

The literary Eixample
Joan Nogués

Barcelona and the sea
Joan Nogués

Mercè Rodoreda and the Barcelona novels
Joan Nogués

Revolutionary Barcelona and the European intellectuals:
George Orwell (and Simone Weil)
Joan Nogués

The workers' Barcelona and the landscape of Pijoaparte
Josep Maria Huertas Clavería

The upper districts
Miguel Dalmau

Carvalho and Co. A "noir", crime route
Montse Clavé

Poetic Barcelona
Borja Calzado

Post-modern Barcelona: the city of wonders
Julià Guillamon

The eternal return
Sergi Doria


A city of paper: archives and libraries
Ignasi Aragay

Monuments to writers, books and literature
Rossend Casanova


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