A volume of urban history.
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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 Vintage Books, 1992. Paperback. Book Condition: Used; Acceptable. Dispatched, from the UK, within 48 hours of ordering. The book is perfectly readable and fit for use, although it shows signs of previous ownership. The spine is likely creased and the cover scuffed or slightly torn. Textbooks will typically have an amount of underlining and/or highlighting, as well as notes. If this book is over 5 years old, then please expect the pages to be yellowing or to have age spots. Bookseller Inventory # CHL1638251
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Book Description The Harvill Press, 1993., 1993. paperback, 8vo, 573pp, illustrated, clean and tight, no inscriptions, spine faded, otherwise Very Good condition. ISBN: 0002721678. Bookseller Inventory # 447257
Book Description The Harvill Press, 1993. Paperback. Please note that at 1.1Kg. this book will require additional postage outside of the UK. Barcelona is an attempt at total history: social, political, cultural, economic Hughes includes descriptions of buildings - and he is as good on the bony grandeur of the Catalan gothic as he is on the bulbous undulations of Gaudi - analyses of poems, precise evocations of social conditions. . .and accounts of many extraordinary people His book abounds in virtuoso stylistic displays, impassioned, eloquent, delighted, angry, amused. There is an invigorating freshness and independence of judgment, an absence of clichés, an enlivening curiosity 573pp. Index. Size: 8vo Demy (8½" x 5½") For more photos or information, use the «Ask Bookseller» button and I'll be pleased to help. The book is in stock and ships from the rustic nirvana of Peasedown St. John, near Bath, England from a long-established bookseller - guaranteed by my reputation and the UK Distance Selling Act. Remember! BUYING THIS BOOK means my Jack Russells get their supper! Condition :: Very Good+. Slightly rubbed at head, tail and corner of card wraps otherwise a very well presented copy. Bookseller Inventory # 135784
Book Description Harvill Press, 1992. Soft cover. Book Condition: Near Fine. No Jacket. 1st Edition. 1993 Harvill Paperback 1st Edition 1st Impression: near fine clean tight binding. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-7696370909
Book Description Vintage Books, 1993. Paperback. Book Condition: Good. Good condition, some are ex-library and can have markings. Bookseller Inventory # GD-131-87-5842005