Robert Hughes has been in love with Barcelona and its people for four decades. This book—part selective history, part memoir—is adapted from a much larger, earlier book about Barcelona. Hughes is a partisan of Catalan culture and food. He brings us from its Roman origins as Barcino, Catalunya’s founding as an independent nation a thousand years ago by the Visigoth Wilfred the Hairy, up through the Olympics in 1992. This is no comprehensive survey: he spends more time on submarine inventor Monturiol than on the Spanish Civil War.
Well-written and opinionated, if overly selective.