Culture And Customs Of Spain (Cultures And Customs Of The World)
- Publish Date: 2002-05-30
- Binding: Paperback
- Author: Edward F. Stanton
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Modern Spain is a revelation in this up-to-date overview. Stanton vibrantly describes the startling variety of landscape, people, and culture that make up Spain today. Included are a context chapter and others on religion, customs, media, cinema, literature, performing arts, and visual arts. Students of Spanish and a general audience will be rewarded with engrossing insights into what writer Ernest Hemingway called the very best country of all.
Spain is a modern European nation, yet Spaniards are fiercely tied to their individual towns and regionswith their distinct social customs, dialects or languages, foods, landscape, and lifestylesmore than to a united country. Culture and Customs of Spain conveys the extremes, such as the hard-working Catalan contrasted to the leisurely paced Castilian, coexisting in first and third world conditions, and the love/hate relationship with the Catholic Church. Spain's institutions are described, and its contributions to the worldfrom unparalleled literature and cuisine to flamenco and filmmaker Pedro Almodovarare celebrated. A chronology and glossary complement the text.