What Catalans Want

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"What Catalans Want" takes a concerned look at Catalonia at a time when the country's political future as a Spanish autonomous region is being questioned for the first time since it came into being in 1980. It does so by talking to 30 representative Catalan and non-Catalan personalities in various key areas of public life. Interest for an English and American readership has been the main guideline for their selection. The book's aim is to discover why so many Catalans feel as uncomfortable about forming part of Spain as they feel comfortable ...
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"What Catalans Want" takes a concerned look at Catalonia at a time when the country's political future as a Spanish autonomous region is being questioned for the first time since it came into being in 1980. It does so by talking to 30 representative Catalan and non-Catalan personalities in various key areas of public life. Interest for an English and American readership has been the main guideline for their selection. The book's aim is to discover why so many Catalans feel as uncomfortable about forming part of Spain as they feel comfortable about being members of the EU.

Could the Catalan question, fanned by ongoing Spanish oppression and incomprehension, be welling up into a political issue of the same order as Scotland's or Flanders'? The book delves into a question that cannot be overlooked by concentrating on what matters most: the opinion of those affected-from the presidents of Catalonia and FC Barcelona to experts in every area.

This book appears at a time when events have bowled over the country's traditional image as an "oasis" of satisfaction enjoying what was seen as an "ample" margin of autonomy and economic welfare. Independent polls now reveal that close to 40% of Catalans would like to have a State of their own. The book also delves into the 2009-2011 unofficial independentist polls that were held in over 500 municipalities in which over 90% of participants voted for independence.

Why have things come to a head? And parallel to this, why do most foreign tourists visiting the country have so little idea about what is going on? The book opens with an enlightening and poignant prologue by Irish novelist Colm Tóibín. The book is beautifully illustrated with photographer Lluís Brunet's remarkable portraits of the interviewees.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781611500097
  • Publisher: Cookwood Press
  • Publication date: 7/18/2011
  • Pages: 244
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Toni Strubell is a writer, linguist, professor, and now Member of Catalan Parliament. Born in Oxford (UK) in 1952; he is the grandson of Dr. Josep Trueta, renowned Catalan surgeon who went into exile in the UK from Franco's Spain in 1939. Lluís Brunet is a freelance photographer from Sabadell, just outside Barcelona. His work has appeared in publicity campaigns, technical books, and in specialized magazines both locally and internationally. He has also exhibited extensive throughout Catalonia, Spain, France, Germany, and Brazil.
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  • Posted September 10, 2011

    Deeply recommended, dynamic, original proposal to approach up-date situation in Catalunya, at its most interesting moment!

    There was a special vibration -in Barcelona- during the presentation of the book "What Catalans want" I didn't want to miss! With a good compendium of sincere opinions through interviews with personalities from various fields, it approaches the interesting, decisive situation we live in Catalunya now. As a Country with its own History, Institutions, Language, our claims and rights still go unnoticed by the international media, where ignorance reigns.
    Please read the book and join the thousands of foreign fans that already has Catalalunya, and let's dream firmly and build together this next State in Europe!
    ----11 th September de 2011, Diada Nacional de Catalunya

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