Speak the Culture: Spain

Paella, flamenco…er, bullfighting? Few visitors get much beyond the stereotypes of Spanish culture. What a shame – there’s so much to enjoy. Spain oversaw the birth of contemporary literature when Don Quixote began roaming La Mancha’s plains, produced the virtuoso of modern art in Pablo Picasso and channels its primacy in contemporary cuisine through the alchemic hands of chef Ferran Adrià.

Speak the Culture: Spain gathers these many strands of Spanish culture – from cinema to philosophy, dance to history – together and brings them to life in an amusing, thorough guide to the nation and its people. Want to know which ten CDs will help you understand Spanish music, or how the Spanish class system works, or perhaps why the good folk of Las Nieves in Galicia pretend to be dead once a year? It’s all in the book.

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The cultural crash course

Spanish culture served tapas style. But with less olive oil.

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