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JUST LOOK AT HER… THE ALCALA GATE

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The Puerta de Alcalá is one of the five former royal gates giving access to the city. It is situated in the centrally-located Plaza de la Independencia, at the crossroads of Alcalá, Alfonso XII and Serrano Salustiano Olózaga streets and the main entrance to the Retiro Park.

Watched over from afar by Cybele in Plaza de Cibeles square, the Puerta de Alcalá was commissioned by Carlos III to replace another gate that had been there since the 16th century. The king chose the architect Francesco Sabatini to build it, who designed a gate in a neo-classical style to resemble the triumphal arches of ancient Rome. In the course of its existence it has been restored on five occasions, the last time in the late 20th century.

It is interesting to note that it is the first triumphal arch built in ...

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BOTÍN IN “EL DIABLO EN EL CUERPO” (THE DEVIL IN THE FLESH)

El diablo en el cuerpo

With this book the writer Soledad Galán is making her debut as a novelist. Hers is a novel approach to the life of Isabel II, a fictionalised autobiography filled with humour, eroticism and historical events. A combination that makes the tale hugely attractive for any reader who decides to delve into its pages.

The book narrates in the first person the life of a woman as well as a queen of Spain, who made of love her purpose when hindered from exercising another one, that of governing. It is set in the historical context of the end of a Spanish era. It is perfectly described in the quote appearing in the book’s back cover:

“With all the body’s urges that are not allowed a female, and even less a sovereign, I turned into a serpent woman...

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AS IF THERE WAS NO TOMORROW

Nieves Herrero

1953. Madrid is in vogue among the great Hollywood stars. Many of them often stop by our capital since Spain is the place chosen for shooting major North American blockbusters. Among the big stars is Ava Gardner, “the world’s mot beautiful animal”. Ava fell in love with our country and lived one of her great passions here: her romance with the fashionable bullfighter of the time, Luis Miguel Dominguín. The couple loved “as if there was no tomorrow”, which happens to be the title of the new novel by the journalist and writer Nieves Herrero.

This is her second historical novel, since she already attained considerable success with her first work “Hidden Behind Her Eyes”, which narrated the story of a forbidden love in the highest spheres of Franco’s Spain...

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