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"[Raphael Minder] looks at how and why Catalan separatism reached the top of Spain's political agenda, as well as its connection to the broader European malaise generated by flawed political responses to financial andother crises." Extensive reporting includes over fifty interviews with prominent Catalans.
The great English Hispanist J. H. Elliott provides the "first sustained comparative study [of] the similarities and the contrasts between the Scottish and Catalan experiences across a five-hundred-year period,"
For those interested in a broad comparative study, this "analysis of the propaganda of five Western European separatist parties" considers what the author views as the revolt of wealthier regions against their national states.
George Orwell’s Homage to Catalonia might not be the best guide to today’s Barcelona, but it shows what a city on the precipice of revolutionary change felt like. Like most of Orwell’s non-fiction it is powerful, direct prose.
The Time Of The Doves is, in some respects, the canonic Catalan novel of the 20th century. Written in 1962 by exiled author Mercè Rodoreda, the novel traces a woman’s struggles through and after the Civil War.
It was made into a film in 1982 directed by Francesc Betriu under the title "La Plaza del Diamante" (the title of the original Catalan book is La plaça del diamante, which refers to the Barcelona location near where Rodoreda’s character lives).
No fictional detective has covered Barcelona more intensively or chronicled modern Spain more thoroughly than Manuel Vázquez Montalbán’s sophisticated gourmand Pepe Carvalho. The novels are very popular, they feature substantial amounts of food, sex, and politics, and there are plenty of them. There have been reprints and they are easy to find online, if not in your local library. Yes, the detective gets to travel in some cases, for example, to Buenos Aires.