Barcelona Cultura

On Sant Jordi ... Books for everyone!

It happens to all of us: when Sant Jordi is approaching, we don't know what book to give away! This year, we offer you a few tips so you don’t get distracted and can be fully confident.

If you love fashion and novels that speak to you directly or indirectly, these are the books for you:

  • Coco Chanel: Historia de una mujer (Coco Chanel: A Woman of Her Own) by Axel Madsen. This biography explains how, despite having a very tough childhood, her strong character and good taste led to her leaving her mark on the world of fashion.
  • Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates. A young couple want to make their own way in the world and give their lives particular meaning without following the lines laid down by society.
  • La botiga vintage Astor Place (Astor Place Vintage) by Stephanie Lehmann. The story of two women struggling to achieve their dreams with a century of difference between them, told through a dress that reveals a past full of secrets.

If, however, you are passionate about product design, you can also find:

  •  “El amante del volcán” (The Volcano Lover) by Susan Sontag. A love triangle at the end of the 18th century in a setting which makes sense of the status of women, of revolution and of the art that marked that era.
  • El museo de la inocencia (The Museum of Innocence) by Orhan Pamuk. For the main character, the only thing that can sooth him, having broken off his love affair, is to collect objects that remind him of her.
  • La maleta (The Suitcase) by Sergei Dovlatov. The protagonist changes his life and emigrates to the United States where you are allowed to enter with only 3 suitcases. He ends up taking just one, containing 8 objects, which he finally opens a decade later.

And if you like good food, we recommend the book from our latest exhibition "TAPAS. #SpanishDesignforFood". Juli Capella, curator of the exhibition is the author and interviews FERRAN ADRIA, among others.

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