I’m in Barcelona for a conference at the moment, and while yesterday was spent hustling and attending panel sessions all day, this morning I took some time off to do stuff. I finally went to Fundació Miró, a great museum that sits atop Montjuïc and has a beautiful view over the city. And, how could it be otherwise, I went book shopping – and walked straight into the miracle of La Central. They have several bookshops around, but the branch I stumbled into was La Central del Raval – one of the most awesome bookshops I’ve ever been to. Located centrally on Carrer d’Elisabets, it is a haven of tranquility in the middle of bustling Barcelona. From Catalan literature to a fantastic section on Cinema, you name it – it’s there.
Seriously, if you’re a book geek in Barcelona, you can’t afford to give La Central a miss. I can’t even begin to describe the amazingness.
Of course, I principally played in the Latin American and Spanish literature sections, and this is what I acquired (apologies for the awful quality, it was taken with my crappy mobile phone camera):
I only allowed myself to buy one book, so picking one took some time. I finally settled on Augusto Roa Bastos’s Yo, el Supremo (English: I, the Supreme) – a novel of the Latin American boom that deals with the dictatorship of José Gaspar Rodríguez de Francia (Dr. Francia) in 19th Century Paraguay. (Yes, a ‘dictators of Latin America and the Caribbean‘ obsession appears to be rapidly catching on.) I can’t wait to start reading!