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


Written with deep knowledge and affection, Homage to Barcelona is a sensuous and beguiling portrait of a great Mediterranean city.

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5.0 von 5 Sternen An insightful, nuanced view of Catalan national identity 29. August 2010
Von JCF - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch Verifizierter Kauf
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 von 5 Sternen I wish I had read it before I went to Barcelona 6. November 2010
Von C. Hilton - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
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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5.0 von 5 Sternen Homage to Barcelona 22. Juli 2010
Von Charles Tracy - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch Verifizierter Kauf
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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4.0 von 5 Sternen An insightful and excellent introduction to Barcelona and Catalonia 9. Januar 2014
Von Darryl R. Morris - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
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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4.0 von 5 Sternen Generous tribute to a grand city through triumph and tragedy 21. Juli 2016
Von keetmom - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
Do not be put off by the relative brevity of Colm Toibin's book on Barcelona as he covers a great deal of ground and captures the essence of city's rich cultural heritage and complicated political history. The most interesting parts of his account are his own reflections of life in Barcelona over two extended periods in the last quarter of the 20th Century. He watched as Barcelona came into its own after the death of Franco and the delicate political transition to democracy. Toibin captures the trade offs shaping the new dispensation, many of which gib rather with the city's radical political traditions of past, but seem generally to have led to a grand renaissance in what was understandably a rather down trodden, resentful city. "Homage to Barcelona" is a well wrought introduction to this great city and the part it played in the development of so many global cultural figures including Picasso, Casals, Dali and Miro. My only regrets are the absence of any maps and the fact that the book was written as the preparations for the 1992 Olympics were beginning and it would have been good to have Toibin's thoughts on how these launched Barcelona into the top ranks of great global cities.
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