The Roads to the PresentBook - 2004
A book of discovery, in which the landscape of Spain, its history, and its people flow together, each explaining the other. thought she knew from guidebooks, from friends, and even from her own earlier trip there. But, like Columbus on another voyage of discovery, she found something - many things - that she hadn't even known she was looking for. of travel and history on Turkey, Settle brings to her task the visual equivalent of perfect pitch. She has no interest in tourist destinations; instead she follows, slowly and with no itinerary, the great, traumatic flows in Spanish history: the Moorish conquest from south to north, and the Christian 'reconquista', several hundred years later in the opposite direction. Those epic struggles, shaped by geography, are the source of the fascinating tensions in the Spanish character, in its art, architecture, and literature, and the author's magical prose puts these gifts in our hands. With a map and 12 pages of illustrations.
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Co., c2004
Edition: 1st ed
Branch Call Number: 946 Se787S 2004
Characteristics: 358 p. : map ; 24 cm