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Catalonia: A Cultural History (Landscapes of the Imagination)

by Michael Eaude

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Some parts of this were interesting, but his writing made it difficult to like and sometimes difficult to follow. He took weird side notes, provided too much detail about some things and not enought about others, and jumped from topic to topic so I wasn't always sure what time period or place he was talking about. He did use the word "dank" a lot, which I liked. He also has a chapter which prominently features Spanish mushroom gathering techniques and the cava -making process, which was also cool. Also gave a nice intro to the Barcelona based artists whose work I Will be viewing. Read for a class to prepare for a trip to Barcelona. ( )
  Abbey_Harlow | Oct 5, 2017 |
Some parts of this were interesting, but his writing made it difficult to like and sometimes difficult to follow. He took weird side notes, provided too much detail about some things and not enought about others, and jumped from topic to topic so I wasn't always sure what time period or place he was talking about. He did use the word "dank" a lot, which I liked. He also has a chapter which prominently features Spanish mushroom gathering techniques and the cava -making process, which was also cool. Also gave a nice intro to the Barcelona based artists whose work I Will be viewing. Read for a class to prepare for a trip to Barcelona. ( )
  abbeyhar | Jul 23, 2014 |
Some parts of this were interesting, but his writing made it difficult to like and sometimes difficult to follow. He took weird side notes, provided too much detail about some things and not enought about others, and jumped from topic to topic so I wasn't always sure what time period or place he was talking about. He did use the word "dank" a lot, which I liked. He also has a chapter which prominently features Spanish mushroom gathering techniques and the cava -making process, which was also cool. Also gave a nice intro to the Barcelona based artists whose work I Will be viewing. Read for a class to prepare for a trip to Barcelona. ( )
  abbeyhar | Jul 23, 2014 |
This is a solid, compact overview of Catalonia, its history, literature, architecture, art, music and cuisine. At times it reads like a textbook; however, it is never dry. In some places, e.g., its sections on Barcelona, it could serve as a guidebook. The book is a good one for structuring and organizing what you may already know about this section of Spain, It also introduces you to many other writers and books on the subject. For this reason, it is a resource that I will dip into repeatedly. ( )
  nemoman | Jan 21, 2008 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0195327977, Hardcover)

Squeezed between more powerful France and Spain, Catalonia has endured a violent history. Its medieval empire that conquered Naples, Sicily and Athens was crushed by Spain. Its geography, with the Pyrenees falling sharply to the rugged Costa Brava, is tormented, too.

Michael Eaude traces this history and it monuments: roman Tarragona, celebrated by the poet Martial; Greek Empúries, lost for centuries beneath the sands; medieval Romanesque architecture in the Vall de Bo:i churches (a World Heritage Series) and Poblet and Santes Creus monasteries. He tells the stories of several of Catalonia's great figures: Abbot Olivia, who brought Moorish learning to Europe, the ruthless mercenary, Roger de Flor, and Verdaguer, handsome poet-priest.

Catalonia is famous today for its twentieth-century art. This book focuses on the revolutionary Art Nouveau buildings (including the Sagrada Família) of Antoni Gaudí. It also explores the region's artistic legacy: the young Picasso painting Barcelona's vibrant slums; Salvador Dalí, inspired by the twisted rocks of Cap de Creus to paint his landscapes of the human mind; and Joan Miró, discovering the colors of the red earth at Montroig.

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Squeezed between more powerful France and Spain, Catalonia has endured a violent history. Its medieval empire that conquered Naples, Sicily and Athens was crushed by Spain. Its geography, with the Pyrenees falling sharply to the rugged Costa Brava, is tormented, too. Michael Eaude traces this history and its monuments: Roman Tarragona, celebrated by the poet Martial; Greek Empuries, lost for centuries beneath the sands; medieval Romanesque architecture in the Vall de Boi churches (a World Heritage Site) and Poblet and Santes Creus monasteries. He tells the stories of several of Catalonia's great figures: Abbot Oliva, who brought Moorish learning to Europe, the ruthless mercenary, Roger de Flor, and Verdaguer, handsome poet-priest. Catalonia is famous today for its twentieth-century art. This book focuses on the revolutionary Art Nouveau buildings (including the Sagrada Familia) of Antoni Gaudi. It also explores the region's artistic legacy: 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 colours of the red earth at Montroig.… (more)

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