This week in Book Review we delve into a well-preserved layer of Barcelona's history. Based on author Albert Garcia Espuche's own excavations at the Mercat del Born Cultural Centre, Barcelona 1700 provides a surprisingly lucid vision of life in the rebellious city before it was destroyed during Felipe V’s year-long siege in the Spanish War of Succession. The unprecedented archaeological finds are dusted off and categorized to piece together a picture of real citizens; where t
Holding a cup of coffee in one hand Sofia ran her free hand over the perfectly smooth surface of the wall, and then rested her back against it and looked at the room. It was a large, square lounge with whitewashed walls, extending from the American kitchen, with its lacquered red and black units and granite-surfaced island, to the two black, four-piece sofas, where shadows of plants shivered, transported there by sunlight through a large frosted glass skylight above the room.
During his time as an Erasmus student in Barcelona, Dr. Olaf Jordbear-Knutssen (b. Aarhus, 1959) dedicated himself to an exhaustive statistical survey, documented in the groundbreaking work, Barcelona: A Statistical Review. In this book Knutssen made many startling discoveries. Measuring the frequency with which Catalans end phrases with a querulous 'eh?' the young Danish student counted 47,322 of them in one 10-hour stint in an Eixample cafeteria, afterwards attributing the