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This is Hughes's monumentally informed and irresistibly opinionated guide to the most un-Spanish city in Spain. Hughes scrolls through Barcelona's often violent history, tells the stories of its kings, poets, magnates, and revolutionaries, and ushers readers through municipal landmarks that range from Antoni Gaudi's sublimely surreal cathedral to a postmodern restaurant with a glass-walled urinal. The result is a work filled with the attributes of Barcelona itself: proportion, humor, and seny—the Catalan word for triumphant common sense.
"Authoritative, carefully researched, and full of insights into the city's great heritage....There is no single volume in either Catalan or Spanish that approaches this book in scope or detail." —Washington Post Book World