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Lost Paradise: The Story of Granada
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Lost Paradise: The Story of Granada (Hardback)

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'The true paradises are the paradises we have lost' - Marcel Proust. Lost Paradise is the first book for English-speaking readers about the unique and pivotal European city of Granada. This dazzling account brings to the fore the image Granada as a lost paradise, reveals it as a place of perpetual contradiction, of beauty and violence, and links it to the great dilemma over Spain's true identity as a nation.

Romantic and exotic, tragic and nostalgic, the city has resonated with travellers worldwide as a place of peerless beauty which captures the imagination, a place that lives as potently in the mind as in reality. It is the stuff of story and legend, with an unforgettable history to match. More than any other Spanish city it encapsulates the way in which Spain has been formed and reshaped time and time again, as Romans, Visigoths, Moors, Jews and gypsies and musicians and writers have come and gone. And all the while the mirage of the Alhambra hovers over it all, a supreme expression of civilization. Its beauty is conveyed in Drayson's spellbinding prose, and in a hundred colour images.

History & PoliticsRegional & national historyEuropean history Publisher: Head of Zeus Publication Date: 08/07/2021 ISBN-13: 9781788547420  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Elizabeth Drayson is Lorna Close Fellow in Spanish at Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge. She is a specialist in medieval and early modern Spanish literature and cultural history. She is the author of three books, and she produced the first translation and edition of Juan Ruiz's Libro de buen amor to appear in England.

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