by Robert Hughes

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A monumentally informed and irresistibly opinionated guide to the most un-Spanish city in Spain, from the bestselling author of The Fatal Shore.

In these pages, Robert 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780679743835
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/28/1993
Edition description: 1st Vintage Books ed
Pages: 592
Sales rank: 459,526
Product dimensions: 5.17(w) x 7.98(h) x 1.17(d)

About the Author

Robert Hughes was born in Australia in 1938. In 1970 he moved to the United States to become chief art critic for Time, a position he held until 2001. His books include The Shock of the New, The Fatal Shore, Nothing if Not Critical, The Culture of Complaint, Barcelona, Goya, Things I Didn’t Know, and Rome. He is a New York Public Library Literary Lion, and was the recipient of a number of literary awards and prizes, including two Frank Jewett-Mather Awards. He is widely held as the most respected art critic of our time.

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Barcelona 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
nemoman on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the "go-to" book on Barcelona, its history and its culture. If you love the city, or you are going to visit it, I cannot think of a better book to read.
kurvanas on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best travel books I have ever read. Though, to be honest, this book is too massive to travel with. However, it is dense with history and wonderful artstic and biographical facts, illuminating sidelights on restaurants, roads, buildings, events, etc. It truly is a biography of a city. You will feel as if you intimately know the city afetr reading this text. An amazing accomplishment.
rameau on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Interesting history of Barcelona from Roman times up til just before the 1992 Olympics. The most interesting parts of the book are the end where he talks about the Barcelona Art Nouveau and Guadi and the milieu from which they emerged. (Basically there was both a left- and right-wing modernism allied with socialism/anarchism and Catalan nationalism/Catholicsm, respectively, with Gaudi coming from an ultraconservative Catholicism.) I wish it had more illustrations. There were many intriguing works of art that I'll have to look up online. (Also amusing: the Catalan roots of Australian Impressionism.)
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