Vibrant Andalusia: The Spice of Life in Southern Spain by Ana  Ruiz

Vibrant Andalusia: The Spice of Life in Southern Spain

byAna Ruiz

Kobo ebook | December 15, 2009

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Almost a thousand years ago, when most of Europe was just edging out of the Dark Ages, the South of Spain was a brilliant center of world culture, a site of splendor, and a magnet for the talented and ambitious from all around the Mediterranean, the Near East, and beyond. Andalusia, or Andalucia, was a beacon that attracted intellectuals, artists and inventors.

In the days before Isabel and Ferdinand (and the Inquisition), the indigenous culture of Spain was enriched by the artistic, scholarly, technical and commercial contributions of Phoenicians, Romans, Arabs, Jews and Gypsies. Even under the Catholic Monarchs, these diverse influences continued to add spice to a vibrant society evolving under the generous rays of the sun.

Written with verve and personality, this book is based in part on the author s personal research in Spain and France and her interviews with celebrated dancers, musicians and others. Topics include early settlers, the Moors, the grandeur of Al-Andalus, Gypsies, the music and dance of Flamenco and Zambra, the individual provinces of the region, Arabisms in the language today, and, of course, the delicious Paella.

Sites of historic and cultural interest are identified and described, including the best venues for Flamenco performances, historical monuments from the Alhambra to less famous fortresses, fountains and places of worship, markets and scenic outlooks.

The text is illustrated by many photographs and original artwork, with footnotes,bibliogaphy, and an index.

Title:Vibrant Andalusia: The Spice of Life in Southern SpainFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:December 15, 2009Publisher:Algora PublishingLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0875865410

ISBN - 13:9780875865416