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Eduardo Mendoza
Harcourt; 1st edition (October 1, 1988)
World Literature
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Eduardo Mendoza's award-winning international bestseller, The City of Marvels, is an extraordinary tale of a fabulous city on the sea. Originally published in Spanish in 1986, it was later translated into English by Bernard Molloy for Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Inc. in 1988.

Eduardo Mendoza's award-winning international bestseller, The City of Marvels, is an extraordinary tale of a fabulous city on the sea. He goes to the city to find wealth.

The City of Marvels is a historical fiction Spanish novel written by Eduardo Mendoza Garriga in 1986 about the city of Barcelona and its cultural evolution during the turn of the 20th century. Its central character, Onofre Bouvila, represents a lower class character and their collective ideology. There is a film of the same name, adapted in 1999 starring Olivier Martinez as Onofre Bouvila and Emma Suarez as Delfina.

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Eduardo Mendoza Garriga (born 11 January 1943 in Barcelona, Spain) is a Spanish novelist. He studied law in the first half of the 1960s and lived in New York City between 1973 and 1982, working as interpreter for the United Nations, and then tried to become a lawyer and then he realized that he wanted to be a writer. He maintained an intense relationship with novelists Juan Benet and Juan García Hortelano, poet Pere Gimferrer and writer (and neighbour) Félix de Azúa. He currently lives in London.

Eduardo Mendoza was born in Barcelona in 1943 Prior to An Englishman in Madrid, his most acclaimed work was The City of Marvels .

Eduardo Mendoza was born in Barcelona in 1943. He studied Law and worked as an . interpreter in the United States for nine years. Prior to An Englishman in Madrid, his most acclaimed work was The City of Marvels. he is the recipient of the Premio Planeta and the European Book Prize. Nick Caistor's translations include The Buenos Aires Quintet by Manuel Vazquez Montalban and works by Eduardo Mendoza, Juan Marse, Alan Pauls and Guillermo Orsi. Hardcover: 376 pages.

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In 1886 Onofre Bouvila arrives in Barcelona to begin his career as anarchist, salesman, burglar, filmmaker, and commercial-political deal maker, a career that parallels Barcelona's growth into a World's Fair city
  • I got this book for some background on Barcelona for a fiction series. After some interesting opening descriptions of the city and landscape and history, I have to admit I was bored to tears. Maybe something was lost in the English translation, but the prose is unforgivably boring, especially given that the plot seems so compelling. It was like there is a great story waiting to be told here, but the actually telling of it was terrible. That could be the fault of the translator for turning a potential classic into mind-numbing prose that carries all the excitement of a wet plastic bag, but I couldn't even read the whole thing. This book was recommended to me by a native Spanish speaker who loved it, so perhaps it is best enjoyed in the original language. I couldn't say.

  • In his award-winning novel, The City of Marvels, Eduardo Mendoza brings turn of the century Barcelona alive through imaginative storytelling imbued with a solid sense of place. Readers are taken on a candid tour of Barcelona through the eyes of Onofre Bouliva, an ambitious country boy come to city during the 1888 World Fair, which was destined to lead the Catalan capital to either greatness or ruin. Onofre manages to find work distributing pamphlets for the growing group of anarchists, but he soon discovers the enticing lure of capitalism and his own entrepreneurial savvy. Armed solely with his profound power of persuasion, Onofre climbs the ladder of the Barcelonan underground, stepping on the rungs of thievery, smuggling, bribery, and eventually murder on his way to the top. He later attains semi-legitimacy and wealth as land speculator, and marries his boss's beautiful daughter, but these accomplishments cannot bring him happiness because they can never grant him admission into Barcelona's noble class. Embittered by this realization, he begins to focus on his various obsessions, including the meticulous historical restoration of an old mansion, the transformation of a wretched girl into a silent-screen star and investment in new-fangled flying machines. As the novel comes to a close, Barcelona is hosting its second grand spectacle, the 1929 World Fair, and it is here that Onofre takes his final leave of the city in a manner befitting such a remarkable life.

    Throughout the narrative, documented fact is interwoven with popular belief to create a rich historical tapestry of the city that has traditionally "turned its back on the sea" (13). Mendoza also draws uncanny parallels to Barcelona in its modern age. The selective renovation of the city for the two World Fairs is suggestive of the preparation for the 1992 Olympics which occurred during the time Mendoza was writing. Mendoza's personal experience of living in Barcelona helps to convey the unique perspective of the city's residents about such renovations.

    Throughout his life, Onofre takes brutal advantage of women by raping, exploiting and generally mistreating them, believing these to be his sanctioned rights. However, none of the women in the novel are developed well enough to be important to the reader, with the exception of one: the city of Barcelona herself. Onofre also figuratively rapes and exploits her, stealing from the World Fair's supplies, fixing mayoral elections and artificially driving up real estate prices in the newly developed Eixample district. Onofre's violation and degradation of this endearing city is the one thing that may bring tears to readers' eyes.

    This book is a must-read for those interested in Barcelona and Catalan culture, capitalism and its effects, and historical fiction. For bilingual readers, try the original Spanish edition published in 1986, as the 1988 translation into English by Bernard Molloy tends to be over-explained and strangely structured at times. Overall, this is a worthy piece of literature.

  • Eduardo Mendoza's award-winning international bestseller, The City of Marvels, is an extraordinary tale of a fabulous city on the sea. Originally published in Spanish in 1986, it was later translated into English by Bernard Molloy for Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Inc. in 1988. In this adventurous novel, the young protagonist, Onofre Bouvila, begins his lonely journey to Barcelona, a city with its own lifestyle, language and hierarchy. He goes to the city to find wealth. Throughout his life, Bouvila discovers how much corruption there is in Barcelona. He also meets people who help him fulfill his purpose in Barcelona.

    The novel begins with Bouvila searching for a place to stay. As he wanders through the streets of Barcelona, he comes across Señor Braulio, a homeowner who rents out rooms. Bouvila decides to move into Braulio's boardinghouse. In order to pay his rent, Bouvila finds work distributing anarchist pamphlets, a job arranged by Delfina, Señor Braulio's daughter. Delfina is a frail and raggedy girl for whom Onofre develops an unhealthy obsession. Despite his attractions, love does not interfere with his main objective: To be an affluent and powerful man. Bouvila is sent to distribute the anarchist pamphlets at the 1888 World Fair construction site. By working at the World Fair, he is able to establish connections with people who later further his career. Initially, Bouvila is earning a very low pay by distributing the pamphlets. Later, he sells stolen merchandise from the world fair site and then joins a mob that virtually runs the city, and eventually becomes its leader. Through his innate sense of Catalan industrialism, manipulation and determination, he becomes a rich and important man who tricks and uses people. Two of the major themes of Bouvila's tale are place construction and the problems of urbanization in Barcelona.

    Place construction is the term used to describe the attempt that Barcelona makes to portray itself to the rest of Spain and the rest of the world that it is important and a global city. To do this, Barcelona hosts two World Fairs which result in the selling of its history, culture, architecture, and people. Interestingly, the publication of this novel coincides historically with another era of place construction, the preparation for the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona.

    The second theme is the problems of urbanization which have made Barcelona an uncomfortable and expensive place to live. Only a few areas were developed. This happened with the reality speculation and selective renovation which has occurred throughout Barcelona's history. Although Barcelona developed over time, it became congested and costly. Corruption led to construction of low quality housing. Instead of developing social classes, the poor were displaced. As a result, the rich became more rich and the poor became more poor with no middle class.

    Even though the novel is fictional, it is based on historical fact, making it a dazzling piece of literature. The reader will learn about Barcelona, and still be entertained. I recommend The City of Marvels to anyone visiting Barcelona, because it contains everything one needs to know about it.