Quotes about Barcelona
NOTE: I’m now collecting quotes here on the blog. Here are a couple of older ones.
Barcelona…has seen more barricade fighting than any other city in the world
F. Engels, Revolution in Spain
To anyone who had been there since the beginning it probably seemed even in December or January that the revolutionary period was ending; but when one came straight from England the aspect of Barcelona was something startling and overwhelming. It was the first time that I had ever been in a town where the working class was in the saddle. Practically every building of any size had been seized by the workers and was draped with red flags or with the red and black flag of the Anarchists; every wall was scrawled with the hammer and sickle and with the initials of the revolutionary parties; almost every church had been gutted and its images burnt. Churches here and there were being systematically demolished by gangs of workmen. Every shop and cafe had an inscription saying that it had been collectivized; even the bootblacks had been collectivized and their boxes painted red and black.
George Orwell Homage to Catalonia (1938)
Ronald Fraser interview in the Barcelona Metropolitan
What’s your overall impression of Barcelona and its residents?
I have very fond memories of Barcelona; I lived in the city for five months in the Seventies whilst carrying out interviews for my book on the Civil War. I believe Barcelona has become much more cosmopolitan since hosting the Olympic Games in 1992. This might have been a process the Catalans were able to originate as they are more cosmopolitan in outlook than other people in the rest of Spain.
But they [Catalans] are also more parochial, more shut in on themselves. From my experience, living in Barcelona was like looking down the wrong end of a telescope: the people have a view of the centre (Madrid) that is conditioned by Catalan history. Saying that, I’ve always found Barcelona the place where I would best like to live, for two reasons: it’s cosmopolitan and has access to the sea. What more could you want from a Mediterranean city?
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