Barcelona Noir

Barcelona Noir

eBook - 2011
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Journey to Spain with "stories that tap into history, politics and culture to cast a cloak of horror and humor on the city's distinctive neighborhoods" ( The Miami Herald ).

For some, Barcelona is a European enchantress of nouveau architecture, fusion tapas, and fine cava. To others, it's a Gothic labyrinth of tiny streets to lose oneself in; hashish-clouded after-hours bars to forget the time; dimly lit plazas with global bohemians squatting, prostitutes tempting. But come morning, its cold cobblestones and misty beachfronts have even darker stories to tell.

This collection of crime fiction includes brand-new stories by Jordi Sierra i Fabra, Imma Monsó, Santiago Roncagliolo, Francisco González Ledesma, Valerie Miles, David Barba, Isabel Franc, Lolita Bosch, Eric Taylor-Aragón, Antonia Cortijos, Cristina Fallarás, Raúl Argemí, Teresa Solana, and Andreu Martín.

"The 14 stories . . . hew closely to the bleak spirit of the noir genre, whether reaching back to the 1920s . . . or chronicling chaotic immigrant-infused present-day Barcelona." -- Publishers Weekly

"Each [contributor] presents his or her own personal picture of the city, and as a whole, the anthology projects a many-hued sense of place. As portrayed here, Barcelona is a city that looks different from every angle." -- Booklist

"With 50 titles in its noir series and counting, Akashic adds another fine anthology to the lineup. . . . Fans of Spanish literature and crime fiction will enjoy." -- Library Journal
Publisher: New York : Akashic Books, c2011.
ISBN: 9781617750458
Characteristics: 1 online resource : map.


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Jun 21, 2014

A very disappointing collection of stories especially compared to the excellent collection in Venice Noir in this series. Only a couple of stories are worth reading. Most stories have very little of the character of Barcelona as the backdrop and could have been set in any city anywhere in the world. Whether it is due to the relative short history of Noir in Spanish literature or to the lack of access to good material for this publisher, most stories seem to have been scraped from publisher reject bins with very little depth or character to recommend them.

Nov 05, 2011

I love Barcelona & this collection of 14 stories, all definitely noir, expose some of the less picturesque bits. But the city is always intriguing.


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