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An informed and readable work of history, art criticism, and urban anthropology devoted to the most un-Spanish city in Spain.

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  • Paperback | 573 pages
  • 129.54 x 203.2 x 33.02mm | 544.31g
  • Random House USA Inc
  • Vintage Books
  • New YorkUnited States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • illustrations, maps
  • 0679743839
  • 9780679743835
  • 227,651

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" Confirms...Mr. Hughes's authority as a first-rate chronicler and historian. The book is destined to become, like Forster's Alexandria and Mary McCarthy's Venice Observed, a classic." --"The New York Times Book Review" " Authoritative, carefully researched, and full of insights into the city's great heritage...his judgments are full of tolerant and good-humored fascination....There is no single volume in either Catalan or Spanish that approaches this book in scope or detail...a superb achievement and a great pleasure to read." --"Washington Post Book World" " extraordinary book that combines history, criticism of the arts and architecture, and a profound sympathy for the moral essence of a people." --"New York Newsday"

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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.

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