She remembers Majorca as a paradise, una meravella, she can’t find the words to describe how beautiful the island was before they built the hotels and brought the package tours. In her, when she uses the word Majorca, she gives it an emphasis as though she could create the old place again just by singing the word and creating an aura of wonder and mystery around it: her Majorca, a dream place no half remembered, half imagined
Colm Tóibín, Homage to Barcelona
In Barcelona, no one talks about the war: it is not romantic or heroic; it is a trauma that everybody went through, everybody fears, and nobody wants to go through again. In Barcelona, most people will tell you that it was never discussed at home, or even mentioned
Colm Tóibín, Homage to Barcelona
The class who built the Eixample came to be remembered for their Great Exhibition of 1888, for their Modernista buildings, for their patriotism. The fact that they paid less than subsistence wages to the workers who carted the stones which fullfilled their dream of a great new city did not become part of the myth, nor that they employed assassins to gun down trade union leaders, nor that they supplied both sides in the First World War…

Colm Tóibín, Homage to Barcelona