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Catalonia: A Cultural History Paperback – 1 Jul 2007
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"A great contribution to international understanding of Catalonia, with the eye of the person who lives inside but comes from outside." -- Quim Aranda, Avui
"Sure-footed in every field, Eaude, [writes] with a beguiling lightness of touch in this tour of Catalan culture and society." -- The Independent
"The best attempt so far to give the English-reading public an accurate idea of what this 'stateless culture' consists of." -- Times Literary Supplement
-- "An essential read."
About the Author
MICHAEL EAUDE writes for the Guardian and Independent. He is the author of Barcelona, the city that re-invented itself (Five Leaves).
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But the full title is 'Catalonia: a cultural history'. That all-embracing sub-title implies a different aim, a much wider and more objective one. The author of a 'cultural history' needs to go beyond his personal impressions and interests, and should attempt to create a full and balanced picture. The chapters read like a disconnected series of self-contained essays rather than an organic whole, and there are some surprising omissions if the objective were to convey an overview of Catalan culture, past and present.
The most obvious lacuna is a specific and focused discussion of the language, which has always been a crucial unifying element in Catalan identity and carries a strong political charge. If a reader came to this volume in total ignorance, it might take him a while even to realise that Catalan is not some regional dialect of Spanish, but a completely separate language with its own long history and distinguished body of literature. I should have liked to have seen a chapter, or essay, on the linguistic issue alone.Read more ›
This book points one in so many directions and whets the appetite for many more visits in Catalonia.
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We desperately need to know about Catalan history and culture as we have fallen in love with Sant Sadurni and wnat to move there. This book is a great introduction.Published on 1 Nov. 2013 by Janice Belton
Have just started reading this, after returning, and it puts a lot into perspective. But the photos are terribly reproduced - much darker and smaller than they deserve.Published on 28 Mar. 2013 by Reb