The Shadow of the Wind, Carlos Ruiz Zafón, 2001
In the wake of the Spanish Civil War and his mothers death, young Daniel Sempere stumbles upon a mysterious book and an ensuing journey.
Gaudi Afternoon: A Cassandra Reilly Mystery, Barbara Wilson, 1990
Lesbian translator-turned-sleuth Reilly scours Barcelona seeking a missing person of “indeterminate gender” in a witty, feminist, fast-paced book.
Nada, Carmen Laforet, 2007
The story of a young woman struggling to survive after the Civil War.
The Time of the Doves, Merce Rodoreda, 1986
Gabriel Garcia Marquez called this book about one woman’s life during and after the Spanish Civil War, “The most beautiful novel published in Spain since the Civil War.”
Homage to Barcelona, Colm Toibin, 2001
Histories and travel essays on Barcelona.
Catalan Cuisine; Europe’s Last Great Culinary Secret, Colman Andrews, 1999
Traditional Catalan recipes accompanied by a brief history of Spanish culture and delightful tidbits about the region.
Barcelona, Robert Hughes, 1993
The cultural history of the city, from its days as a Roman outpost to the present, that takes a comprehensive look at the architecture, art, religion and literature of the area.
Barcelona: The Great Enchantress, Robert Hughes, 2007
The famous art critic delivers another tribute to Barcelona as he details his 40-year love affair with the Gothic city.
Antoni Gaudi, Ignasi de Sola Morales, 1992
Spectacular color photographs and classic text join to make this examination of 16 of the architect’s works richly accessible.
Ghosts of Spain: Travels Through a Country’s Hidden Past, Giles Tremlett, 2007
An extremely readable, fascinating look at Spain sixty years after the end of the war and horrors of the Franco regime.
Barcelona, Whit Stillman, 1994
Two Americans find themselves in Barcelona in the early 1980s.
All About My Mother, Pedro Almodovar, 1999
The brilliant, Oscar-winning movie about a grieving mother who goes to Barcelona to find her son’s father, a transvestite.
The Passenger, Michelangelo Antonioni, 1975
Jack Nicholson plays a reporter who assumes a dead man’s identity.
Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Woody Allen, 2008
Penelope Cruz won an Oscar for her role in this romantic dramedy from director Woody Allen. The film follows two American friends who spend a summer in Barcelona where they meet a handsome artist who will change their lives forever.