Book Size: 5.25" x 8"

Pages: 224

Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781566566308

Imprint: Interlink Books

Edition: 1

Illustrations: color and b&w photos

Release date: 10/01/14

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Buenos Aires

A Cultural Guide

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“Founded in the late sixteenth century, Buenos Aires has a rich history steeped in Spanish trade and indigenous roots. This book not only expands upon this history, but also captures the culture of today, sharing its literature, art, music,åÊ popular culture, social justice movements, and crime. Caistor brings the capital of Argentina alive for the reader, discussing its beautiful landscape, buildings, and its development.” – Proto View

About this book

The architect Le Corbusier once called Buenos Aires "the capital of an imaginary empire."

From its foundation in the sixteenth century, Argentina's main city has been a place of the imagination as well as the scene of many striking historical events. From foreign invasions to more modern-day coups d'etat and dictatorships, the city's turbulent history has been paralleled by a vibrant popular culture born out of the hardships of immigration and longing for a lost homeland.

This cultural guide looks at the impact of history and the efforts of men and women to build a city that would fulfill their dreams, as well as bringing today's Buenos Aires vividly to life for the visitor. From the new skyscrapers along the front of the huge "river of silver" to the picturesque portside La Boca where hundreds of thousands of immigrants first faced a new continent, Buenos Aires has created its own legend, lived out today in tango bars, on football pitches, in cafes where intense debates take place, or where people simply watch the ever-changing parade of passers-by.

Nick Caistor takes the reader to the insider's Buenos Aires. He shows how the past has shaped its streets, how Argentine politics has left its mark on almost every corner, how each wave of new inhabitants has added to the city's cultural mix. He explores the complex legacy of Spanish colonialism and Peronism as well as considering the city's representation by writers from Darwin and Humboldt to Borges andCortázar. Analyzing the foundations of Porteño culture, he reveals a city obsessed by nostalgia yet rich in music, dance and spectacle.

- Compact cultural guide to Buenos Aires with color illustrations

- Author is a long-term resident of Buenos Aires and has reported for the BBC/WGBH from there

- Looks at the city's rich literary and musical heritage

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About the author

Nick Caistor has lived for several years in Buenos Aires as well as visiting it often over the past three decades. He has reported on Argentina for the BBC/WGBH and is a translator as well as the author of numerous books on Latin America, including Che Guevara: A Life (also published by Interlink).

Reviews

“Founded in the late sixteenth century, Buenos Aires has a rich history steeped in Spanish trade and indigenous roots. This book not only expands upon this history, but also captures the culture of today, sharing its literature, art, music,åÊ popular culture, social justice movements, and crime. Caistor brings the capital of Argentina alive for the reader, discussing its beautiful landscape, buildings, and its development.” – Proto View

Additional information

Author

Caistor, Nick

Edition

1

Inprint

Interlink Books

Pages

224

Type

PB

Illustrations

color and b&w photos

Release date

10/01/14

Author Home

Argentina & UK

Subtitle

A Cultural Guide

Format

5.25" x 8"

Reviews

"Founded in the late sixteenth century , Buenos Aires has a rich history steeped in Spanish trade and indigenous roots. This book not only expands upon this history , but also captures the culture of today , sharing its literature , art , music , popular culture , social justice movements , and crime. Caistor brings the capital of Argentina alive for the reader , discussing its beautiful landscape , buildings , and its development."å – Proto View

MainReview

"Founded in the late sixteenth century, Buenos Aires has a rich history steeped in Spanish trade and indigenous roots. This book not only expands upon this history, but also captures the culture of today, sharing its literature, art, music, popular culture, social justice movements, and crime. Caistor brings the capital of Argentina alive for the reader, discussing its beautiful landscape, buildings, and its development."å – Proto View