Catalonia: A Cultural History by Michael EaudeCatalonia: A Cultural History by Michael Eaude

Catalonia: A Cultural History

byMichael Eaude

Hardcover | January 8, 2008

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In Catalonia, Michael Eaude illuminates the cultural and literary history of one of the world's most intriguing places--from the stunning modern architecture of Barcelona, to the medieval Bendictine abbey at Montserrat, to the ancient Roman ruins of Tarragona. Eaude takes us on a revealing tour of Catalonia's breathtaking landscape, from the Pyrenees to the Costa Brava, recounting the region's rich history and relating tales of Catalonia's most colorful figures, such as Abbot Aliva, who brought Moorish learning to Europe; the ruthless mercenary,Roger de Flor; and Jacint Verdaguer, the handsome nineteenth-century poet-priest. Of course, Catalonia is famous for its twentieth-century art. This book sheds light on the revolutionary Art Nouveau buildings (including the Sagrada Familia) and Antoni Gaudi and it also explores the region's artisticlegacy: the young Picasso painting Barcelona's vibrant slums; Salvador Dali, inspired by the twisted rocks of Cap de Creus to paint his landscapes of the human mind; and Joan Miro, discovering the colors of the red earth at Montroig. Drawing on social history, literature local and foreign, the arts and music, Catalonia will dramatically change how we view the topography of one of the most vibrant regions of Spain.
Michael Eaude writes for the Guardian and Independent and is the author of Barcelona, The City that Re-Invented Itself.
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Title:Catalonia: A Cultural HistoryFormat:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 5.79 × 8.31 × 1.1 inPublished:January 8, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195327977

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Table of Contents

IntroductionPart One: Birth and Rebirth of a Nation1. The First Town in Spain. Portbou2. Mediterranean: The Center of the Earth. Tarragona3. Romanesque Catalonia. The Pyrenees4. Glory and Rapine. Poblet and Athens5. The Poet-Priest and the Indiano. Verdaguer6. The Lancashire of Spain. Gaudi and GuellPart Two: Geniuses7. Fleeing the Straight and Narrow. Gaudi and Reus8. Modern Painting. Rusinol at Sitges, Picasso9. The Terminal Beach. Salvador Dali10. Feet rooted to the Red Earth. Joan Miro11. Come from a Silence. RaimonPart Three: Tourism and War12. The Sweaty Groin. Barcelona's Raval13. The Gothic Quarter. Barcelona14. Mass Migration and Mass Tourism. Lloret15. Plain and River. Lleida and the Ebro16. The Anarchist Dream. George Orwell17. The Landscape in the Pot18. Cradle and Refuge. FC BarcelonaGlossaryShort Bibliography