Spain: A Literary Companion
Award-winning journalist and author Jimmy Burns has compiled a book that is required reading for anyone interested in Spain, its history, culture, politics, and people. Drawing on his Anglo-Spanish family background and more than 50 years of personal and professional experience, Burns provides a compelling narrative of his own. He also draws extensively from the observations of a rich blend of travellers, writers, soldiers, adventurers, saints and sinners from early times to the present day who have been attracted to Spain and its idiosyncrasies. Part personal travelogue, part anthology, Burns's Literary Companion will surprise, entertain and, on occasions, move. Highlights include: Battlefield experiences, from Wellington to the Spanish Civil War, Tributes to Spain's three cultures - Christian, Jewish, and Muslim, The joys and pitfalls of Spanish food and wine, The enduring nature of regional identity, the passion of flamenco, Bullfighting, as loved and hated through the years, How tourists changed certain parts of Spain, The endurance of the Spanish soul. Book jacket.
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