Land of Chopin

An American writer and socialite captures the beauty and grandeur of Mallorca’s Valldemossa

Only taking care of animals

The Old Man at the Bridge was originally a report for the North American Newspaper Alliance, NANA. In April 1938, Hemingway was covering the Spanish Civil War in Southern Catalonia. He then included the piece in his collection of short stories, The Fifth Column and the First Forty-Nine. A newspaper article giving background colour was turned into an accessible, simple and profound story

Romanticising the fight against Franco

Autumn in Catalonia tells of Carla, an outstanding student at Barcelona University in 1964. She is in love with Luc, an easy-going fellow-student. But there is no oasis of peace in Franco’s Spain

A Welshman’s view of a sinister Girona

Chris Lloyd has published his third crime novel in pure Nordic noir style set in the provincial capital with a Mossa d’Esquadra policewoman as the protagonist

daniel pALOMERAS. GP and writer

Charles Bovary 'Officier de Santé'

£Strictly-speaking, madame Bovary’s husband was not a doctor, although M. Homais, the apothecary of Yonville, flatters him as such. No, Charles was a humble officier de santé (health officer). In the...

Spirit of resistance

The contrast of such a heroic city so bowed in submission to the church surprises an American documentalist

Marooned in a small grey country

The Kindness of Women is an autobiographical fiction based on James G. Ballard's life from when, still a child, he was interned in Lunghua camp in Shanghai, by the Japanese during World War II, through to the 1980s when he finally writes his novel Empire of the Sun about that inferno that Steven Spielberg turned into a film in 1987

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J.K. Rowling


On Vulgar Errors

If I were to tell you that, according to Jorge Luís Borges, the best prose writer in the English language of all time was Sir Thomas Browne, it would no doubt surprise many, seeing as his name hardly...

Roman grandeur

A renowned American hispanicist is treated to a guided tour of Sagunt's newly restored Roman Theatre