Suggested Reading List
A Traveller's History of Spain
Author: Juan Lalaguna
Description: A swift survey from prehistory through the Romans, Goths and Moors to the present.
Author: Robert Hughes
Description: A Longitude favorite, this big, thoroughly enjoyable cultural history of the city touches on architecture, art, religion and literature from Roman outpost to the present.
Author: Borch Maps
Description: A detailed city map, laminated and folded for easy reference.
Eyewitness Guide Barcelona & Catalonia
Author: Eyewitness Guides
Description: Handsome, convenient and up-to-date, this superbly illustrated guide features color photography, dozens of local maps and detailed information on the region's attractions.
Ghosts of Spain
Author: Giles Tremlett
Description: Tremlett captures the Spanish character, history and modern politics in this masterful portrait, interweaving the story of his love for the country (where he has lived for 20 years) with interview, anecdote and observation.
Homage to Catalonia
Author: George Orwell
Description: Orwell's portrait of the Barcelona uprising and the spirit of a city at war is a classic, an observant and heartfelt report from the streets.
Shadow of a Bull
Author: Maia Wojciechowska
Description: In this compelling award-winning, young-adult novel, everyone expects Manolo to become a bullfighter like his father. Not surprisingly, it features vivid descriptions of bullfights.
Spain, A Traveler's Literary Companion
Author: Peter R. Bush (Editor)
Description: These 30 short stories form a who's who of contemporary Spanish literature, including writers from Galicia, Leon, the Basque Country, Madrid and Barcelona.
Teach Yourself Catalan
Author: Alan Yates
Description: A basic course in Catalan, in the Teach Yourself series, this book is divided into 30 lessons. Each incorporates key grammar, vocabulary and phrases.
The Shadow of the Wind
Author: Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Description: Set in the brooding atmosphere of post-WW II Barcelona, this gripping story-within-a-story has it all: murder, doomed love and a mysterious book which draws the young hero, Daniel Sempere, into the city’s dangerous underworld.