Barbastro memorial to José Antonio Primo de Rivera and other civil war “martyrs”
It is said that, during the 1934-9 civil war, a young and elegant communist leader from Barcelona arrived by limo in Barbastro to “visit” the town’s banks, and was shot on the spot by the local anarchists, alarmed at the quality of his suit.
The Aragonese writer Ramón J Sender lost his wife and brother in that same war. In 1939, in exile, he published the novel El lugar del hombre (later retitled El lugar de un hombre). Here’s a anecdote from it dealing with the first Carlist war (1833-40), which initiated a long chain of civil conflicts finally officially brought to an end in 1939:
I remember that one day, walking across the saso with my father, we found, lightly buried and sticking out from between two stunted bushes, a human cranium. My father covered it with earth and we took off our hats and said an Our Father.
- New translation of Jünger Der Waldgang
With a brief roundup of the First World War.
- Franco started the patera craze
Time, August 17 1936: Along the dusty roads of Lusitania Spanish peasants last week saw a sight that white men had not
- Transvestite barrel organ dancers in 1930s Whitechapel and the 1860s London West End
With acrobats, clowns, and Doris and Thisbe, goddesses of wind.
- Hsieh Ch’ing kao on Spain and Portugal
From the The Hai-Lu (1783-1797), as quoted on this page on this excellent site, again via TdiT: Portugal (called Ta-hsi-yang, or Pu-luchi-shih
- Sister Mary and the Bird
Translations from Welsh and Yiddish revealing ornithomancy amongst the 19th century north Welsh and Jewish Lithuanians.