This week when Saint George has been the great protagonist, we wanted to review some of the books which have featured Barcelona as their protagonist. And from Eduardo Mendoza to Carlos Ruiz Safón there have been authors who have located their novels in Barcelona.
Are you ready to enjoy the Barcelona of the books?
¨The shadow of the wind¨ (Carlos Ruiz Safón)
A dawn in 1945, a boy is led by his father to a mysterious hidden place in the old quarter of the city: the Cemetery of the Lost Books. There, Daniel Sempere finds a cursed book which changes the course of his life and drags him into a labyrinth of intrigues and secrets buried in the dark soul of the city.
This intrigue is what gives shape to one of the most valued novels about the city of Barcelona, full of intrigue, the love of books and of characters very well worked by Carlos Ruiz Safón.
¨The city of prodigies¨ (Eduardo Mendoza)
In the period between the two Universal Exhibitions of Barcelona of 1888 and 1929,set against the backdrop of a tumultuous, agitated and picturesque city, real and fictional, thanks to the novel by Mendoza we witness the adventures of Onofre Bouvila, a very poor immigrant, a distributor of anarquist propaganda and travelling salesman for hair restorer , and his ascent to the summit of financial and criminal power. From here on, the author suggests to us a new and unique avatar of the picaresque novel and a brilliant and imaginative carousel of local myths and celebrations. It is a satirical and recreational fantasy whose solid initial realistic support does not exclude free poetic licence.
¨The Cathedral of the Sea¨ (Ildefonso Falcones)
At the height of the XIV Century the city of Barcelona finds itself at the time of its greatest prosperity: is has grown towards The Flood Plain , the humble district of the fishermen , whose inhabitants decide to build, with money from some of them and the effort of others, the largest Marian temple ever built: Santa Maria de la Mar.
We are referring to one of the novels which put Born on the maps of the thousands of travellers who visit Barcelona each year and who flock to the old quarter to discover the architectural jewels of the city.
Synopsis of Carvalho: identity problems (Carlos Zanón)
One of the main characters of the last edition of Saint George was Carvalho: identity problems, the last adventure of the intrepid character created by Montalbán. On this occasion, and through Carlos Zanón, the novel shows us a Carvalho who is torn between Barcelona and Madrid. In Barcelona he has what remains of his tribe and the office in which he still works, whilst in Madrid he wanders lost in the web of a woman married to a man in national politics, and who has unbalanced him more than anybody ever before.
After so much reading, what better thing to do than to have a meal based on Mediterranean gastronomy? At El Principal de l’Eixample, situated in the heart of Barcelona, you will find a menu based on Catalan and Mediterranean cuisine with contemporary touches.