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Flamenco - the soul of Andalucia?
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A garden at the foot of Europe and a crossroads between Spain, Africa and the New World, Andalucía has been a cultural customs house on the border of the Mediterranean and Atlantic civilizations for more than ten thousand years. Jonah was one of the first explorers to reach its earliest Atlantic settlements; Columbus discovered America sailing from Palos de la Frontera in Huelva; its great river, the Guadalquivir, flowing across Andalusía from the mountains to its vast river plains, watered Spain’s history, culture and economy.
This book traces its origins from the earliest hominid settlers in the Granada mountains 1.8 million years ago, through successive Phoenician, Greek, Roman and Muslim cultures, and the past five hundred years of modern Castilian rule, up to and including the present day of post-modern novelists in Cordoba and Sevilla, guerrilla urban archaeologists in Torremolinos and Marbella, and underground lo-fi bands in Granada and Malaga.
Andalucía is the sum of its ancient cultures, and also a pointer to where Europe is heading, a beacon for both wealthy north Europeans and refugees from the south, a garden of earthly delights for some, a terminal beach for others. Photographs by renowned Andalucia based photographer Michelle Chaplow.
MOUNTAINS AND SEAS: From the snowfields of the Sierra Nevada to the marshlands of the Coto Doñana; from the deserts of Almería to the desert shores of the Costa de la Luz.
PAINTERS AND POETS: From the cave artists of Benaoján to the abstract expressionists of Granada, via Velázquez and Picasso, and from Cervantes to twenty-first-century literary sharpshooter Juan Bonilla.
ARCHITECTS AND PHILOSOPHERS: Hunting for Atlantis in the Doñana; the space-station cities of Italíca; Madinat al-Zahra and the Alhambra; the palaces of the Spanish Golden Age, Calatrava’s Alamillo bridge for Sevilla; Andaluz thinkers from Averroes and Maimonides to modern discontents Blas Infante, Lorca and Goytisolo.
COMPOSERS AND CANTANTES: Andalucían classical music; Renaissance composers Guerrero and Morales; De Falla and Turina; El Camaron and Enrique Morente; Radio Tarifa and Ketama; Mano Negra, Lagartija Nick and Chambao.
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Spain is not just about sun, sea and sangria, its about the Moors, the Reconquest by Isabel and Ferdinand (the Catholic Kings), Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar - better known as El Cid, Hernan Cortes and the conquistadors from Extremadura, Spain's Golden Age, Don Quijote, the Camino de Santiago, flamenco, Rioja, Ribera del Duero, paella, seafood, the Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spanish football from world champions La Roja, El Clasico between Real Madrid and Barcelona football clubs, Spanish painters such as Velazquez, Goya and Murillo, composers like Andres Segovia and Joaquin Rodrigo, Carmen by Bizet, The Peninsular War where the Duke of Wellington saw off Napoleon and his Marshalls, the Spanish Armada sent by King Philip II to invade England, beautiful regions including Catalyuna (Catalonia), Andalucia, or Andalusia if you prefer, Aragon, Galicia, Asturias and Cantabria, Spanish sportsmen such as Rafael Nadal and Fernando Alonso, world beating cuisine from chefs such as Fernan Adria - the list goes on and on.
For example, did you know that Spain has the second highest number of UNESCO World Heritage sites - after Italy? It also has many UNESCO Intangible Cultural assets, including Flamenco, the Mediterraen Diet, the Castells of Catalonia and, added in December 2012, the Fiestas of the Patios in Cordoba Andalucia.
Authors such as Hemingway, Orwell, Laurie Lee, Gerald Brenan, George Borrow, Richard Ford, Washington Irving have long been fascinated by Spain and its rich history and culture and Books4Spain can help you to discover Spain. As a result, there are thousands of books about Spain and books set in Spain in English and Books4Spain has a fantastic selection in many categories, including books to help you Learn Spanish, Travel & Holiday guidebooks, books about Spanish History,Spanish Literature in translation, Crime Fiction books set in Spain, books about Living in Spain, Novels set in Spain, Spanish Cook & Recipe books and much more as well as books about Spanish authors and artists such as Federico García Lorca, Salvador Dali, Picasso, Bunuel etc..
In addition, we have created Spanish Themes to help you learn more about special aspects of Spanish history and culture. Currently Books4Spain has 3 Spanish Themes: Flamenco, the Spanish Civil War, and the Camino de Santiago Books within each of these Themes are categorised into books about People, Objects and Places related to that Theme. For example, you can find books with information about the cockle shell of St James, the Holy Grail in the Monastery of San Juan de la Pena and the Codex Calixtinus - the first travel guidebook for pilgrims in the Camino de Santiago Theme.