- Taschenbuch: 240 Seiten
- Verlag: MacMillan; Auflage: New Ed (21. Mai 2010)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0330373560
- ISBN-13: 978-0330373562
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13 x 1,6 x 19,7 cm
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- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 103.543 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Homage to Barcelona (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 21. Mai 2010
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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.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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Well written with excellent details on the cultural and political history over the past century.
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love this book!
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.