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Leonardo Da Vinci’s plagiarism of la Moreneta almost foretold

Posted: November 21st 2012 11:55. Last modified: November 21st 2012 12:13

Pío Baroja got pretty damn close to the Catalunacy of José Luis Espejo in La dama errante.

Celtic fans vs Barça fans

Posted: November 9th 2012 12:35. Last modified: November 9th 2012 14:55

The musical, by Richard Strauss.

Flamenco: (manifestación cultural de la) escoria de un país bajo?

Posted: August 5th 2012 21:56. Last modified: August 5th 2012 21:58

Lectura estival, Baroja La Feria de los Discretos, en el cual Quintín Roelas se encuentra secuestrado por error por una banda de gitanos en la Córdoba de 1868: - Yo le diré a usted quién soy, y si después de saberlo no le parece mal, seremos amigos. - Y antes también. - No, antes no. […]

If colonial Spain was led by Don Quixote and post-colonial Spain by Sancho Panza, who’s in charge now?

Posted: June 11th 2012 16:07. Last modified: June 13th 2012 10:05

"Before [1898], without a doubt, it was quixotic country, which thought of itself differently from what it really was," Baroja wrote in 1927. "Before, in the period of adventures, Spain was led by Don Quixote. From now on, it would be directed by Sancho Panza." (Via learned.english.dog, source?)

The Hispanic Orthography Files, continued

Posted: April 9th 2011 20:16. Last modified: April 17th 2011 20:43

Plus a zarzuela/politics RFI.

Cooking with pigeons in Spain

Posted: July 19th 2008 13:26. Last modified: January 9th 2010 16:10

Yesterday in town it was remarked on the benefits to allkind that would accrue from exchanging our customary diet of Big Macs for one of roadkill and Fucking pigeon (what's the Latin?). Celtiberians consulted state that their race does not partake of the pigeon, and Juan Bautista Carrasco's Mitología universal (1864) suggests that this may […]

Get another of Paul de Kock’s

Posted: March 29th 2008 19:56. Last modified: January 9th 2010 16:10

Ulysses: "I suppose the people gave him that nickname going about with his tube from one woman to another." Junius Henri Browne wrote in 1873 that he "gained a much worse reputation [in the US] for licentious stories than he deserved, from the spurious and prurient rubbish that used to be put off on the […]

DRAE search made easy

Posted: January 16th 2007 17:38. Last modified: January 9th 2010 16:10

RAE 2.0 is a cool little gadget if you're sick of the Diccionario de la Real Academia Española's clunky interface: append the word you're after to the URL and http://rae2.es/abracadabra or http://rae2.es/abraxas or whatever. (Via JPQ)

“Prussian Jews wanted to come back to Spain in 1854”

Posted: October 26th 2006 23:35.

The story of the Moroccans with keys to houses in Granada is well known. La Cruz, The Cross, a Catholic periodical carried what sounds like a variant of this in 1854, claiming that Prussian Jews were about to petition the Spanish court to abolish the 1492 expulsion decree. Léon Carbonero y Sol wrote: In truth […]

More mystifications

Posted: October 18th 2006 18:18.

I continue to think "mystifications" is a better translation than "hoaxes" of mixtificaciones. Gerald Howson in The flamencos of Cadiz Bay writes of a 1950s carnaval pregonero preaching against the use of "mixtifications, modernisms and orfeonic banalities" in carnival songs. He wouldn't have liked Silvester Paradox either.

Meaningless slogans

Posted: July 7th 2006 19:27. Last modified: July 7th 2006 19:56

This fragment from Pío Baroja's memoir, Desde la última vuelta del camino, reminded me of much contemporary Barcelona graffiti: As we approach Reinosa the fog begins to clear and we see the lights of the village shining. I awake in the morning and lean over the hotel balcony. A gray day; foggy and cold, in […]

Silvester Paradox meets Mr Macbeth

Posted: June 14th 2006 17:30. Last modified: January 16th 2012 01:14

This is the promised translation of the chapter in Pío Baroja’s serialised novel The adventures, inventions and mystifications of Silvester Paradox / Aventuras, inventos y mixtificaciones de Silvestre Paradox (1901) in which Silvester takes up with an English conman, quack, amateur pugilist and exponent of inventions such as the translatoscope called Macbeth. The source is […]

Treatment of incontinence

Posted: June 13th 2006 19:14. Last modified: January 9th 2010 16:11

It may not have worked, but nineteenth century medicine often sounds rather fun. This from An Epitome of Braithwaite's Retrospect of practical medicine and surgery (1860): M. Lallemand, of Montpellier, has great confidence in aromatic bitters, to which a small portion of brandy has been added, followed by active friction of the loins... As internal […]

Silvester Paradox: hoaxer or mystificator?

Posted: December 21st 2005 14:46. Last modified: October 18th 2006 18:19

MJ suggests that "adventures, devices and hoaxes" is a better translation of "aventuras, inventos y mixtificaciones" than "adventures, inventions and mystifications." I think that's a bit hard on C19th Spain's greatest scientist ;o)

More churchy coppers

Posted: December 8th 2005 18:36. Last modified: May 28th 2006 20:45

Re shepherds, Pío Baroja says that in the Navarre village inhabited by Silvester Paradox, hero of The adventures, inventions and mystifications of Silvester Paradox (Aventuras, inventos y mixtificaciones de Silvestre Paradox, 1901) that the local guardians of public order were called ministers (ministros). (Silvestre Paradox is very strange and very funny. It's a disgrace that […]

The worms crawled in and the worms crawled out

Posted: May 7th 2005 12:52. Last modified: January 16th 2012 01:11

Towards the end of La colmena (The hive), Cela's portrait of a post-war Madrid devoid of heroes and on the brink of oblivion, The morning ascends, little by little, climbing like a worm through the hearts of the men and the women of the city. This reminds me of the episode in Pío Baroja's morbid […]

Boar-hunting on the quiet

Posted: September 24th 2004 21:32. Last modified: July 1st 2007 15:42

Quake and quiver, countryfolk, for Sicilian gentlemen will shortly be beating Berkshire's bushy byways for the Great British Truffle Harvest of 2004; the principal threats to Catalonia's black diamonds, on the other hand, are Alzheimer's--forests seem very big when you're with an 85-year old who can't remember where the buggers are--and wild boar. Wild boar […]

Franco and the golden ages of the sardana

Posted: January 5th 2004 17:13. Last modified: March 11th 2011 15:26

The sardana was encouraged by the Francoist state and suffered its greatest difficulties during the period of revolutionary anarcho-syndicalist and Stalinist control


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