[xmca] Reading for Sevilla

From: Mike Cole (lchcmike@gmail.com)
Date: Wed Aug 03 2005 - 16:35:32 PDT

David's note about readings for discussion reminded me that I am looking for
good suggestions about books to read to gain a deeper understanding of
Spain, its
history, and culture.
 My favorite way to learn about history is through good historical novels
and I would
really welcome suggestions. There are a ton of interesting historical novels
in English
about England and the Americas, but I know of few about Spain.
 in the non-fiction realm a visitor from Spain, Nacho Monter has suggeted
Pierre Vilar,
*Spain: A brief history* and I have a book titled *Ornament of the World*
about medieval
Spain that looks really interesting.
 In the novel department I have found only two historical novels, one
*Captain Alatriste" by
Perez-Reverte and an old classic that was made into a Hollywood film,
*Captain from Castillo."
There are novels about more recent times, such as Zafon, *A shadow of the
wind" set in
Barcellona and *The blind man of Seville* set there, but with an historical
memory that
dates back to the immediate post-civil war days.
 Can anyone make other suggestions?

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