Barcelona Tales

Helen Constantine (Editor) Peter Bush (Translator)

Product Details

Oxford University Press, USA
Publish Date
July 01, 2019
5.0 X 0.7 X 7.6 inches | 0.75 pounds
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About the Author

Helen Constantine Peter Bush first went to Barcelona in 1968 to research writing inspired by the 1868 Revolution; in 1970 he returned to help set up a group opposed to the Franco dictatorship. He lived in Barcelona for 10 years after retiring from his post as Director of the British Centre for Literary Translation in 2003. An award-winning literary translator, he has translated over seventy books from Catalan, French, Portuguese and Spanish: modern classics like Merce Rodoreda's In Diamond Square or Valle-Inclan's Tyrant Banderas and work by living authors like Jorge Carrion's Bookshops and Najat el Hachmi's The Last Patriarch.


A fascinating and varied collection, which captures the diversity and atmosphere of the city. -- Karen Langley, Shiny New Books

One can always think of some omissions when reading an anthology ... There can be little complaint, though, about these fourteen tales, set in different areas of Barcelona ... They reveal how this industrial port city has been and is a magnet for migrants. They show the class divisions between areas. They trace, too, the development of modern Catalan literature in both Catalan and Spanish. -- Michael Eaude, Catalonia Today

Peter Bush, the translator, does an excellent job translating both from Spanish and Catalan into English. He very well replicates the style and flow of the original author ... Helen Constantine and Peter Bush have produced a quite excellent, if slightly quirky, book. A great read for anyone heading to the Catalan capital. -- TripFiction