For. ELIZABETH, again.
For. A New Introduction by Jan Morris. In November 1975 there died in Madrid General Francisco Franco, for thirty-five years the dictatorial Caudillo of Spain, and in a sense this book died with him. It essentially and retrospectively evokes Spain at the time of his death, and the state which he ruled and represented. Franco had come to power when his dogmatically right-wing, fiercely Catholic armies defeated the elected Socialist government in the terrible Spanish Civil War of 1936–9, which had become in effect a war between the ideologies of Fascism and Communism.
Jan Morris examines the character of Spain and her people through the lenses of the geography and the history of the Iberian . Here Morris references the Spanish Civil War, an event only 30 years prior to the book.
Jan Morris examines the character of Spain and her people through the lenses of the geography and the history of the Iberian Peninsula. I found this a good introduction in preparation for travelling there next week. It is a bit dated and I will be interested to see what has changed since this book was originally published in the 1960s. From this I could only imagine that her description of Spain would be somewhat archaic in today's age. "The time-lag still makes Spain an anachronism among the nations.
Always very interesting, whenever she writes.
Jan Morris's collection of travel writing and reportage spans over five decades and includes such titles as Venice, Coronation Everest, Hong Kong, Spain, Manhattan '45, A Writer's World and the Pax Britannica Trilogy. Hav, her novel, was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and the Arthur C. Clarke Award. The most evocative book ever written about Spain.
Jan Morris, CBE, FRSL (born 2 October 1926) is a Welsh historian, author and travel writer
Jan Morris, CBE, FRSL (born 2 October 1926) is a Welsh historian, author and travel writer. She is known particularly for the Pax Britannica trilogy (1968–1978), a history of the British Empire, and for portraits of cities, notably Oxford, Venice, Trieste, Hong Kong, and New York City. A trans woman, she was published under her birth name, James, until 1972, when she had sex reassignment after transitioning from male to female.
Near Valencia there stands a town called Elche. It is indeed half African in temper. Around it there straggles the biggest palm grove in Europe, a phenomenon whose dates are not of the best quality,. but whose palm fronds, weirdly tied together in bunches on the tree, and thus whitened through lack of sap, are in demand all over Spain because of their well-known powers of protection against lightning.
That’s a joke - despite the title, Sterne never got as far as Italy - but I am certainly not joking when I declare Miguel de Cervantes’s Don Quixote (1605-15) still the best book ever written on Spain. Wiser critics than me indeed have called it the best book ever written, and certainly like Spain itself it stands alone among its peers. Reading it is like reading the very text of Spanishness, with all its glories and absurdities, its contrasts, comradeships and.
Spain is one of the absolutes.
Hav, her novel, was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and the Arthur C.