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Alumni Travel Reading 2018-2019: Trade Routes of Coastal Iberia

Barcelona, An Introduction

Street in Barcelona. Courtesy of

Barcelona in Fiction



Seville and Granada

Fado and Flamenco

Here are some examples of fado and flamenco found on YouTube. For fado sample some of the best known of current fadistas, such as Mafalda Arnauth, Ana Moura, Mariza, Cristina Branco, and Joana Amendoeira. While the quality of older videos do not generally convey the greatness of the leading fadista of the last part of the 20th century, a best of compilation (music only) of Amália Rodrigues is a place to get an idea.

Since the number and variety of flamenco performers are so vast, here are just a few of the better known and more accessible:  Paco de LuciaCamarón de La Isla; a Paco de Lucia and Camarón de La Isla collaboration; Saura's Carmen rehearsal; Antonio Gades and Cristina Hoyos; Enrique Morente and Pepe Habichuela; Estrella Morente. As in the case of Amália Rodrigues, much of the footage of the most renowned flamenco dancer in her earlier years is very Hollywood-like: thus, this footage of Carmen Amaya comes from shortly before her death in 1963.




Lisbon tram. 7 March 2011, Philip SheldrakeCourtesy of

Lisbon and Literature

Further Reading

Here are a few more books set in Portugal: António Lobo Antunes. The Fat Man and Infinity : And Other Writings; Lee LangleyDistant Music : A NovelPascal Mercier. Night Train to Lisbon; Richard Zimler. Hunting Midnight and The Last Kabbalist of LisbonAntonio Tabucchi. Pereira MaintainsJosé Cardoso Pires. Ballad of Dogs’ Beach : Dossier of a CrimeEugénio Lisboa, editor. The Anarchist Banker and Other Portuguese Stories; José Saramago.Journey to Portugal : In Pursuit of Portugal’s History and Culture

Gibraltar is sometimes a setting for fiction: Anthony Burgess, A Vision of Battlements; Jacqueline WinspearA Dangerous Place : A Novel.

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