By the author of "The Fatal Shore", this is an introduction to Barcelona, describing the growth of Catalan culture and institutions, the physical environment, crafts and industries, and political development. Its aim, according to the author, is to explain something of the Zeitgeist of the place.
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Under Franco's regime, it was declared as gospel truth that Madrid and Old Castile were the spiritual and cultural heartland of Spain, and peripheral cities and cultures of the Iberian peninsula must bow to that truth. Barcelona, however-- la gran encisera, "the great enchantress"--always saw things rather differently. The earliest area of Spain to be colonised by the Romans, the capital of Catalonia is fiercely independent, somehow Spanish and not-Spanish, and most mysteriously of all, has been at the forefront of modernity, especially modern art and architecture, ahead of any other European city you could name with the possible exception of Paris. It is this Barcelona that fascinates Robert Hughes most, and he in turn fascinates us with his enthusiasm and knowledge of the place. He thrillingly evokes the cosmopolitanism and openness of Barcelona--qualities, he says, that derive inevitably from its status as a great Mediterranean port. And he is brilliant on perhaps the most exciting modern architect of all, Antoni Gaudi, the creator of the (still unfinished) Church of La Sagrada Familia, now as much an icon of the city as the Opera House in Sydney or the Statue of Liberty in New York. -- Christopher HartReview:
"Nobody has ever represented [Barcelona's] character more powerfully, or illustrated its claims to self-destiny more persuasively, than has Robert Hughes in this monumental work" (Jan Morris Los Angeles Times)
"Whether untangling the unlikely legends of Wilfred the Hairy or tangling with the likes of Antoni Gaudi, Hughes has shaped Catalan art, architecture and politics into the ultimate guidebooks" (David Newnham Guardian)
"A wonderful book, by far the best yet to have appeared in the current flood of books on Spain - and one that fills a genuine gap" (Martin Gayford Sunday Telegraph)
"Barcelona is unlikely to be rewarded with a better history than this. Robert Hughes is a master of the big canvas, scooping up the detail of social, economic, political and artistic life and producing images of captivating richness" ( Sunday Times)
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Book Description The Harvill Press, 1992. Book Condition: Very Good. N/A. Great condition for a used book! Minimal wear. Bookseller Inventory # GRP77087815
Book Description THE HARVILL PRESS. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Book shows minor use. Cover and Binding have minimal wear and the pages have only minimal creases. Bookseller Inventory # G0002720787I3N00
Book Description HarperCollins, 1992. Book Condition: Good. This is an ex-library book and may have the usual library/used-book markings inside.This book has hardback covers. In good all round condition. Dust Jacket in fair condition. Bookseller Inventory # 5317881
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Book Description harvill, London UK, 1992. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. fully illus. Bookseller Inventory # 020873
Book Description Harvill, London, 1992. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. White cloth with some dust marks at edges. Tight binding, clean pages, appears unread.Jacket is scuffed at upper edge but no tears. Not price-clipped. Bookseller Inventory # 000217
Book Description 1992. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good+. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good+. A clean and sound copy. Careful packing and fast, efficient shipping including delivery confirmation. International Priority Air Mail shipping available for this item. Bookseller Inventory # 33813
Book Description Harper Collins, Britain, 1992. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First Edition. The dust jacket has minor shelf wear. The edges of the book have minor spotting. The first page has a name written in pen. Size: Size F: 9"-10" Tall (228-254mm). Bookseller Inventory # 125836
Book Description HARVILL, LONDON, 1992. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. Bookseller Inventory # 003299
Book Description Harvill, Great Britain, 1992. Hardcover and Dustjacket. Book Condition: Very Good +. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good +. First Edition, First Impression. xi, + 573pp., b/white illustrations intext. book clean, square. Spine firm, gilt title there-on. Speckled cloth boards trivially bumped at foot. Front and rear free endpapers each have two tape stains, else leaves clean. Illustrated, loose-plastic protected dustjacket corner-clipped on front flap, original price-sticker to same. From the jacket flap: " . . . tells the story of the growth of this Mediterranean metropolis - in relation to Catalunya, to the rest of Spain, and to Europe and America - over 1500 years of civic existence. Mainly its history is keyed to the stones of Barcelona - its architecture. But Hughes's account is rich in political, economic, and military drama, and the play of remarkable personalities from Wilfred the Hairy, legendary founding king of Barcelona, to Antonio Gaudi. His entertaining account is also concerned, of course, with painting, sculpture, poetry, folklore, traditional crafts and metiers of land and sea, language, opera, clothes and food . . . " Book weight approx. 995g. * Buyers outside Australia - This item will incur extra postage charges as it will weigh over 1KG. with packing. Please email for quote. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 011177