Tasting Spain

by Hans Maarten van den Brink

‘It is the poetic strength and simplicity of [van den Brink’s] writing that seduces the reader’

Whether it is in Madrid’s cafés or in Barcelona’s fish markets, van den Brinks takes you on a trip through Spain where tasting and smelling are the key occupations. You will see the shop windows in Madrid displaying pig’s trotters, the famous Serrano ham, or typical Spanish sweet cakes. You will taste crispy pig’s ears but also a rich chickpeas soup. You will smell the strong coffee and the damping tortilla when breakfasting out of doors. With historical background and personal memories and associations van den Brink put down a lively description of Spain, its culture and traditions both in the city and the countryside. This story focuses on enjoying various Spanish dishes in both exquisite restaurants and more commonplace settings.

HANS MAARTEN VAN DEN BRINK was born in 1956 and lived in Spain as foreign correspondent for the newspaper NRC Handelsblad. He attained international fame with the short story Over het water (1998, ‘On The Water’) which was translated in many languages and for which he received several literary prizes including the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize.

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