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Books I Didn’t Buy in Spain September 15, 2013

Posted by ccbooks in Nerd Line.

We didn’t end up seeking out bookstores in either Barcelona or San Sebastian. But in the coastal city of A Coruña, the place our ancestors came from, we did find some large and small stores to explore. A few titles I found, and comments:


These dreamy, lush pictures reminded me of the work of Rebecca Dautremer that we saw in France.


Two more animal books, along with the standout I saw–Bandada, by David Daniel Alvarez Hernandez and Maria Julia Diaz Garrido. The detailed spreads in muted tones recall Shaun Tan’s seminal work in The Arrival. I was intrigued to note that the Spanish term for picture books is ‘Albumes ilustrados’ or ‘Illustrated albums.’


Galicia has its own regional language along with Spanish (Galician, or galego) and I was interested to see that quite a few titles have been translated from English as well as from Spanish into Galician, including this one from Australia.


It’s a new Red Balloon! But in Spanish, and not set in Paris. Still, the title immediately grabbed me. It’s similar to Antoinette Portis’ Not a Box, with simple shapes transformed into various objects using imagination.


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