The A to Z of Spanish Culture
There are many clichés about Spain, very few of which can still be observed in the country today. Yet the Spanish have retained many of their traditions, which are embedded in modern times.
Written in an informal style, each chapter of this A to Z addresses an aspect of Spanish culture: its society, traditions, history, gastronomy, language and art to bring you closer to Spain today. More
Are you planning to visit Spain this summer? Or maybe you are just interested in finding out what Spanish society is like, how its history, traditions, art and politics have made the country what it is today.
If any of the above apply to you, you will enjoy "The A to Z of Spanish Culture", as you compare how many of the Spanish stereotypes are really a part of Spain today.
The author Pilar Ortí was born and bred in Spain. She grew up in a society trying to figure out how to adapt to its new found freedom and how best to join the rest of Europe. Having lived in London now for over twenty years (time flies!), Pilar has written this "A to Z of Spanish Culture" with plenty of perspective, a bit of nostalgia and above all, a desire to demystify a country that is still represented abroad by toros and flamenco.
This light book about Spain is divided into different chapters, each headed by a Spanish word that opens up a whole aspect of Spanish culture: Spain's history, its society, traditions, art, gastronomy or language.
As you read this book, you will have a much better idea of what Spain is like today. From grape-eating on New Year’s Eve to the re-enactment of 13th century battles; from the failed military coup in the 80’s to the recent fall from grace of the King; from the origin of the fideua (the pasta-based version of paella) to the origin of the popular tapas, "The A to Z of Spanish Culture" will get you closer to Spain today.
When you hear the word España, you will never think of flamenco dancers again, unless you picture an uncomfortable child dressed up in a sevillana outfit, looking at the camera, thinking: "Why did you put me in this dress?"
From the readers' mouths:
"El libro es una herramienta indispensable para acercarse a la cultura y a la idiosincrasia española. La autora hace un repaso por diversos hitos culturales, sociales, geográficos, gastronómicos e históricos que revelan mucho de la conciencia de un país y de una sociedad que se encuentra a medio camino todavía entre la tradición y la modernidad.
Me lo he devorado en pocas horas y lo he disfrutado mucho. Realmente merece la pena comprarlo."
"The book is an essential tool to get closer to Spanish idiosyncrasy and culture. The author presents various cultural, social, geographical, gastronomical and historical aspects which reveal much about the conscience of a country and society still half-way between tradition and modernity.
I devoured it in a few hours and have thoroughly enjoyed it. Really worth the purchase."
(As reviewed on Amazon.es.)
"Prima, there are many things in here I didn't know about. Guay."
The A to Z of Spanish Culture contents:
A is for Amor
Love of Crowds and Cars.
B is for Botellón
Drinking habits and life in the Barrios.
C is for Corona
Democracy and the Royal Family.
D is for Duende
Flamenco and Lorca.
E is for Euro
Spain and Europe.
F is for Fútbol
Football and sport.
G is for Goya
H is for ¡Hola!
I is for Inglés
Spain’s relationship with the U.K.
J is for ¡Joder!
Swearing and other slang.
K is for Kilómetro
Useful metrics and a Madrid famous landmark.
L is for Laico
The Church in Spain.
M is for Movida
N is for Nupcias
Marriage and weddings in Spain.
Ñ is for Ñ
O is for ¡Olé!
Spanish traditions, including toros!
P is for Paraguas
The weather in Spain.
Q is for Quijote
Great classic writers.
R is for Refrán
Spanish sayings and proverbs.
S is for Sobremesa and Siesta
Long lunches and siestas.
T is for Tapas
U is for Uvas
V is for Vino
W is for W.C.
Toilets (not many words begin with W in Spanish!)
X is for Xenofobia
Racism and immigration.
Y is for Yo
Z is for Zarzuela
Musicals and theatre in Spain.