Today we are visiting Barcelona, courtesy of the wonderful novels penned by Teresa Solana, who considers the crime genre ideal for satirizing society. In the first novel, A Not So Perfect Crime, she lampooned the world of politics. Her second novel, A Short Cut to Paradise, targetted the literary world. (What a brave lady!) I was absolutely delighted to meet her at this year’s World Literature Weekend, where I found out that more of her work is to be translated into English.
These are really enjoyable reads, particularly if you have fallen for the charms of Barcelona, as I did last year. Gaudi’s Casa Batillo, which takes pride of place on the front cover of Solana’s first novel, is the most beautiful building I’ve ever seen. And if that’s not a cue for some gratuituous photographs, I don’t know what is! (Ironically, I have to borrow some photos from Flikr. On the day I visited the Casa Batillo, my camera was playing up and I didn’t get all the shots I wanted. Hence my thanks to huve124, jason.leonard.peacock and zota for pictures 1, 3 and 5 below.)