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Barcelona is Robert Hughes's monumentally informed and irresistibly opinionated guide to the most un-Spanish city in Spain. 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.
From the bestselling author of The Fatal Shore comes a monumentally informed and irresistibly readable work of history, art criticism, and urban anthropology devoted to the most un-Spanish city in Spain. "Confirms Hughes's authority as a first-rate chronicler and historian."--The New York Times Book Review. 180 photos.
Posted October 26, 2012
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