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Barcelona the Great Enchantress
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Barcelona the Great Enchantress

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Author: Robert Hughes
Publisher: National Geographic Directions
Format: Hardback USED
ISBN: 079226794X

"You are lucky," writes Robert Hughes, "If you discover a second city other than your place of birth which becomes a true home town... Some forty years ago, I had that marvelous stroke of luck: Barcelona." And now a dozen years after his classic, bestselling chronicle Barcelona, his good fortune is ours as well, distilled into this personal, affectionate, fascinating portrait of the Catalan capital. Here is Hughes's own history with the city - from his first visit in 1966 to his recent wedding in the history-laden Town Hall - interwoven with Barcelona's history, from its origins as a Roman outpost through two millennia of fiercely independent culture to its modern incarnation as one of Europe's most dynamic cities.

We meet such emblematic Barcelonans as the legendary ninth-century warrior-king Wilfred the Hairy, who first forged Catalan unity and independence...the visionary engineer Narcis Monturiol, whose late nineteenth-century submarine became a symbol of a resurgent, modern metropolis...the eccentric genius Antoni Gaudi, whose fantastical designs are the crown jewels of a heritage that spans a thousand years and has helped make architecture the city's premier art form. Indeed, architecture is as much at the heart of this book as of the city itself, and Hughes leads us through the three building waves with a connoisseur's admiration and the authority of one of the world's foremost art critics.

A paean to the city to which he has given his heart, Barcelona the Great Enchantress is Robert Hughes at his witty, passionate, and tartly opinionated best.


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Last Updated: 23 January 2018