Barcelona

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Dec 7, 2011 - History - 592 pages
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A monumentally informed and irresistibly opinionated guide to the most un-Spanish city in Spain, from the bestselling author of The Fatal Shore.

In these pages, Robert 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 Gaudi's sublimely surreal cathedral to a postmodern 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.
 

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After a rousing introduction that touches on the Spanish Civil War and Miró, Gaudí, and the Barcelonese mania for design and its folk-pride in "seny" (well-proportioned common sense), coexisting with ... Read full review

Contents

The Color of a Dog Running Away
3
The Domain of the Hairy Hero
55
If Not Not
105
Under the Citadel
185
Blind with Love for a Language
253
Going to the Fair
307
The Feast of Modernity
374
The Hermit in the Cave of Making
464
Bibliography
543
INDEx
553
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Robert Hughes was born in Australia in 1938. In 1970 he moved to the United States to become chief art critic for Time, a position he held until 2001. His books include The Shock of the New, The Fatal Shore, Nothing if Not Critical, The Culture of Complaint, Barcelona, Goya, Things I Didn’t Know, and Rome. He is a New York Public Library Literary Lion, and was the recipient of a number of literary awards and prizes, including two Frank Jewett-Mather Awards. He is widely held as the most respected art critic of our time.

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