Toibin’s book is deeply told through the prism of his personal encounters with the Catalan people. He writes particularly of the region’s famous citizens, including architect Antoni Gaudi, Modernism’s “most famous exponent”, artists Joan Miro & Salvador Dali. And he writes of the people who came to the city, among them Picasso & George Orwell, who told of his own experiences in Homage to Catalonia.

Homage to Barcelona

Colm Toibin’s Homage to Barcelona celebrates one of Europe’s greatest cities – a cosmopolitan hub of vibrant architecture, art, culture and nightlife. It moves from the story of the city’s founding and its huge expansion in the nineteenth century to the lives of Gaudi, Miro, Picasso, Casals and Dali. It also explores the history of Catalan nationalism, the tragedy of the Civil War, the Franco years and the transition from dictatorship to democracy which Colm Toibin witnessed in the 1970s.

Written with deep knowledge and affection, Homage to Barcelona is a sensuous and beguiling portrait of a unique Mediterranean port and an adopted home.

Available in store & online.

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