Barcelona is a very cosmopolitan Mediterranean city, full of places to visit, with a wide range of entertainment... It is also a cultural and literary city. Barcelona is the scenario of many of the pages of novels that are part of the universal literature.
We recommend you some novels to read before visiting Barcelona
We begin with a writer who we admire and bases many of his novels in the city. We are talking about Eduardo Mendoza, who in the novel No word from Gurb presents the alien Gurb, who has disappeared after adopting the physical appearance of the singer Marta Sánchez. Yes, it is a humorous novel that takes place in many streets and neighborhoods of Barcelona. We also recommend the book Últimas tardes con Teresa (Last evenings with Teresa).
The story is set in the neighborhood of El Guinardó. You will follow closely the attraction between a young college girl and a seductive motorcycle thief. You will visualize a city of contrasts between rich and poor people and what it means in the development of personal relationships! If you like the narrative style of this writer, you do not stop reading El embrujo de Shanghai, El misterio de la cripta embrujada and La ciudad de los prodigios (The Shanghai Gesture, The Mystery of the Haunted Crypt and The City of Marvels), that also developed in the city of Barcelona. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon, is set in Barcelona in the first half of the twentieth century.
Its writer describes so faithfully corners of the city that you will move easily. It is the story of a boy who is led by his father to a mysterious hidden place in the heart of the old city: The Cemetery of Forgotten Books.
The Cathedral of the Sea by Ildefonso Falcones is a classic in the literature referred to the city. Tells the life of the fourteenth century Barcelona. The story has as a link the construction of the church of Santa Maria del Mar, that you can visit. You can learn a lot from the city and its history. The novel Nada (Nothing), by Carmen Laforet, written in 1994, is existentialist. It reflects the stagnation and poverty of post-war Spain.
Finally, we can not forget In Diamond Square, by Mercè Rodoreda. It is a faithful chronicle of the postwar Barcelona and how this period influenced its inhabitants. The writer is considered one of the most influential writers of his time. It's a classic that you can have in your hands! Now you only need to find time to read and schedule a visit to the city of Barcelona, come on!