Re: [xmca] Reading for Sevilla

From: Muller Nathalie (
Date: Thu Aug 04 2005 - 05:54:45 PDT

Dear Mike, Dear All,
I read you almost everyday and get the feeling to know you a bit, but you
don¹t know me... I am part of these silent readers you wrote about some time
ago. And I have to say that I love reading your discussions and learn so
much! I sometimes imagine all these networks that interwove each other ­ not
only between people chatting on the net! - and am fascinated!
Just in order to give some bits concerning books about Spain, I liked very
much Arturo Perez Reverte¹s ³The Seville communion² (La Piel del Tambor)
 - the novel takes place in this so lovely part of Sevilla called Santa Cruz
­ or The Fencing Master ( El Maestro de Esgrima)­ that takes place at the
end of the 19th century and is interesting to understand the passage between
the ³old² Spain and a new time...
I discovered this very famous writer during my first journey in Andalousia,
as I like to discover a country in reading its works (oeuvre, in French),
like you. I am looking forward going back to Sevilla for the ISCAR
conference... And seeing you there ³en chair et en os²!

PhD Nathalie Muller Mirza
Institut de Psychologie
Faculté des Lettres et Sciences humaines
Université de Neuchâtel
Espace L.-Agassiz 1
2000 Neuchâtel
fax: +41.32.718.18.51

De : Mike Cole <>
Répondre à :, "eXtended Mind, Culture, Activity"
Date : Wed, 3 Aug 2005 16:35:32 -0700
À : "eXtended Mind, Culture, Activity" <>
Objet : [xmca] Reading for Sevilla

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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