In Catalan author Teresa Solana’s award-winning novel A Not So Perfect Crime, two detectives, also brothers, arrange to meet an informant at a mall. The signal: the informant will be carrying a book.
“Thanks to the lack of interest people in this country have in reading books ever since the censors disappeared, we located him very easily,” Solana writes.
Despite this assessment, our first week in Barcelona has shown us that this “City of Marvels” (to borrow the title of Eduardo Mendoza’s novel) is also a city of readers. This installment of Sacred Trespasses features Barcelona’s readers and its wondrous Sant Antoni book market held each Sunday.
Photographs by Kevin Rabalais