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Spanish vignettes : an offbeat look into Spain's culture, society & history

Author: Norman Berdichevsky
Publisher: Fuengirola (Málaga) : Santana Books, 2004.
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This book is for those foreigners who feel the need to relate to what they see and hear around them every day in Spain. Not an encyclopaedia or textbook on Spanish culture, it presents 34 topics of  Read more...

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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Norman Berdichevsky
ISBN: 8489954402 9788489954403
OCLC Number: 58858920
Description: 279 pages : color illustrations ; 21 cm
Contents: Sports & entertainment. The greatest football rivalry (real Madrid vs Barcelona FC) --
Bullfighting --
an essential part of Spanish identity? --
Pelota Vasca --
Basque handball; (Jai-alai) --
The gypsies, flamenco, fortune telling & the lottery & sex clubs --
Society & Religion. How Catholic is Spain today? --
Span's Muslims today --
in the shadow of Bin-Laden? --
The migrant impact in Spain --
Golden ghettoes and Squalid migrant camps --
The pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela --
History & Foreign relations. The Gibraltar controversy --
The Basque conundrum --
Span's African "Plazas" and the dispute with Morocco (Ceuta and Melilla, Perejil island) --
The thaw in Spanish-Israeli relations --
The great Iberian rivalry (Spain-Portugal) --
Spain's Phoenician, Carthaginian, Greek, Roman and Visigothic past --
"Las Tres Culturas" --
Medieval multicultural Spain --
The reconquest and the expulsion of the Jews and Moors --
Are there any remnants of Franco and the Falange? --
What happened to the refugees and republican government in-exile? --
Culture, art, language, music & literature --
The Spanish Civil War propaganda posters are now "art" --
Literature --
why is Don Quixote so popular? --
Spain's great composers (De Falla, Albeniz, Granados, Rodrigo) & "Zarzuela" --
Spain's language controversies and regional diversity --
La Dama de Elche --
Garcia Lorca --
Spain's poet Laureate --
Gaudí and Dalí --
two eccentric Catalan geniuses --
Economy. An introduction to Spanish wines and cheese --
Spain's rich fishing industry --
The national water diversion project --
The Huerta Valencia --
Spain's famous vegetable and fruit orchard --
Spain's weekly outdoor markets (Los Mercadillos) --
Festivals and pageants. The Carthaginians vs Romans festival in Cartagena --
The Moors and C Christian festivals and the Tres Culturas programme of Murcia --
Semana Santa and Spain's National Day --
Las Fallas in Valencia and the burial of the sardine in Murcia --
The Four Official Spanish languages.
Responsibility: by Norman Berdichevsky.

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