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Odern restaurant with a glass walled urinal The result is a work filled with the attributes of Barcelona itself proportion humor and seny the Catalan word for triumphant common sense My father is from Barcelona and most of the family still lives there I've been multiple times and find the city both utterly absorbing due to its architecture food fashion nightlife futbol as well as utterly frustrating due to its peoples obsession with the Catalan language and snob ness because they are from Barca This book goes all the way in explaining where the Catalan nationalist sentiment comes from From it's affinity to republican movements in Northern Europe rather than catholic monarchist centralism in Madrid it's role as a major sea farer trading nation etcIt also devotes uite a few pages to it's most famous export architecture as well as the less famous but most important to Catalans Catalan languageIn amongst it comes uite interesting snippets of information such as Catalunya having the first Bill of Rights 100 yrs before Englands Magna CartaFor anyone who's been to this most un Spanish of cities it is a fascinating read PS Due to it being published in 1992 it means that the last 15 yrs of Barcelona are not covered which would be interesting in itself considering the large influx of immigrants from Latin America Eastern Europe Morrocco etc and how it is changing Barcelona Also this book pre dates the Barcelona Olympics and this was a massive economic positive to Barcelona and certainly has seen the city prosper

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BarcelonaBarcelona is Robert Hughes's monumentally informed and irresistibly opinionated guide to the most un Spanish city in Spain Hughes scrolls through Barcelona's often violent history; t I was reading other interviews on and it seems the major complaint was that the book should have been concise and covered less information about the history of Catalonia One person was irate that there was no mention of the soccer teamAs for me I did not think it was too long I liked the extensive track through history starting with the earliest records the different kingdoms rise and fall of kings ueens aristocracy and such By reading Hughes fluid writing one discovers how the Catalunyans ibed or Catalonians view themselves their fierce pride in their heritage and their language different from SpanishHughes covers many bases except I guess soccer We learn of the city's politics art language literature poetry and architecture My hero Gaudi is honored with the last two chapters although other architects are also includedI had seen the Sagrada Familia in art books and it looked like a mud castle someone made on the beach And then I visited the city and saw it in person All I can say is that I was mesmerized There was something spiritually uplifting just by looking at it For those who don't know and shame on you if you don't the Sagrada Familia is Gaudi's masterpiece a church it is called a cathedral although technically it is not a Cathedral because no Bishop presides there and is still to be finished The only thing marring this wonder structure are the cranesHughes scoffs at the later architects who have tried to finish Gaudi's work but I like it even if there is a noticeable delineation between Gaudi's work and his successors' There is so much detail and meaningful symbolismHughes scoffs at a lot of things While I enjoyed the information he provided and felt I learned a lot about Barcelona which increased my appreciation of it I did not like Hughes' overall tone He sounded just a little too superior Turning a clever phrase trumped objective observationBut aside from that readers interested in this remarkable city would do well to read this book

Robert Hughes À Barcelona book

kindle ☆ Barcelona Paperback Æ Barcelona is Robert Hughes's monumentally informed and irresistibly opinionated guide to the most un Spanish city in Spain Hughes scrolls through Barcelona's often violent history; tells the stories of its kings poets magnates and revolutionaries; and ushers readers through municipal landmarks that range from Antoni GElls the stories of its kings poets magnates and revolutionaries; and ushers readers through municipal landmarks that range from Antoni Gaudi's sublimely surreal cathedral to a postm Robert Hughes is a cantacertous art critic who has produced some fineretrospectives on American and Modern Art He describes himself primarily a writer who writes about art which will make senseafter reading Barcelona This is wonderful combination economiccultural history of a place that is its own nation Respectfulbut not reverential Hughes examines the economic success of Catalonia and the cultural supportors it spawned Another important factor fordefining the Catalonia identity is that is neither Spanish nor French but has been dominated by both of their influences