A Traveller's Companion to Madrid
Edited and introduced by Hugh Thomas
5" x 7 3/4" • 352 pages • b&w illus., maps
ISBN 9781566565912 • paperback • $16.95 •
"Outstanding . . . a tour de force." -Geographical Journal "A fascinating companion." -Tablet
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"Ideal for the cultured tourist . . . a vivid portrait."
–Times Literary Supplement
Hugh Thomas, best known for his authoritative analysis of the Spanish Civil War, has chosen from diaries, letters, memoirs and novels ranging across five centuries of Madrid’s history. The anthology brilliantly evokes the drama and personalities of the past by drawing on eyewitness accounts and commentaries from both visitors and inhabitants including Beaumarchais, Beckford, Luis Bu–uel, Alexandre Dumas, Goya, Victor Hugo, Hemingway, Napoleon and scores of others.
Includes: the Duke of Wellington walking in the shady Paseo del Prado; the Earl of Clarendon on 17th-century bullfights; Salvador Dalí playing a surrealist joke on a snooty barman at the Ritz; Rubens in the Alc‡zar; Manet at the Prado, generals and anarchists in the Puerta del Sol; Casanova and Trotsky in prison.
All the essential spirit of Madrid - somber, aristocratic and tinged with violence. -Bloomsbury Book Guide
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