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Madrid flaunts its distinctive Spanish identity as the most vibrant of Europe's capitals. The author explores its chaotic jumble in squares, parks, streets and monuments old and new. She tracks town aristocrats and artisans, servants and chancers who bred a unique urban culture combining conformity and flair. Maps and illustrations. Madrid flaunts its distinctive Spanish identity as the most vibrant of Europe's capitals. The author explores its chaotic jumble in squares, parks, streets and monuments old and new. She tracks town aristocrats and artisans, servants and chancers who bred a unique urban culture combining conformity and flair. Maps and illustrations.


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Madrid flaunts its distinctive Spanish identity as the most vibrant of Europe's capitals. The author explores its chaotic jumble in squares, parks, streets and monuments old and new. She tracks town aristocrats and artisans, servants and chancers who bred a unique urban culture combining conformity and flair. Maps and illustrations. Madrid flaunts its distinctive Spanish identity as the most vibrant of Europe's capitals. The author explores its chaotic jumble in squares, parks, streets and monuments old and new. She tracks town aristocrats and artisans, servants and chancers who bred a unique urban culture combining conformity and flair. Maps and illustrations.

30 review for Madrid: A Cultural Literary Companion

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jack Hrkach

    Very briefly, this is a smart, well-informed piece of writing on a city that in three weeks from today I will visit. The author looks at a variety of cultural topics, from bullfighting to great painters including Velasquez and Goya, to Golden Age literature to Almodovar. She picks out a location important to those and other topics and writes a chapter on it. My only disappointment was in her section on theatre. I know more about this than other aspects of Madrid culture, and was disappointed in Very briefly, this is a smart, well-informed piece of writing on a city that in three weeks from today I will visit. The author looks at a variety of cultural topics, from bullfighting to great painters including Velasquez and Goya, to Golden Age literature to Almodovar. She picks out a location important to those and other topics and writes a chapter on it. My only disappointment was in her section on theatre. I know more about this than other aspects of Madrid culture, and was disappointed in its brevity and focus solely on Lope de Vega. As important as he is, Calderon and others receive only a mention. My main disappointment, and it's a fairly important one, is that while I was led to believe the book was revised in 2012, it seems to have been merely re-printed. So observations, good as they are, stop at the turn of the millennium. This also means the bibliography stops there as well. Of course since then Spain has plummeted economically, which of course affects its culture. If only one chapter had been added to bring matters up to 2012 I would have been much happier with the book. But if you are somewhat familiar with the city and its history, it might be just your ticket, as it is informative on a number of fronts. But I remain curious about the last 12 years, and frustrated as a result.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jessie

    Lots of interesting and important details about the history and culture of Madrid, this book is perfect for anyone seeking to know more about this fascinating city.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Diane Ramirez

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    Tom Vanden Eede

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    Jeffrey

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