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¡Viva Granada!

from the author of Granada, City of My Dreams
del autor de Granada, tierra soñada por mí
de l'auteur de Grenade, ville de mes rêves

a site devoted to the city of Granada and its palace the Alhambra,
as well as the books, drawings and photographs of world-traveller, polyglot and Hispanist
Lawrence "Lorenzo" Bohme
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Granada, City of My Dreams
, Lorenzo's classic "guide book for the curious traveller", published by Natívola in 2001, tells the story of the city that inspired the poets Lorca and Saint John of the Cross, with the Alhambra and its Nasrid Palaces, the Moorish quarter of El Albaicin, and the gypsy caves of Sacromonte. It is richly illustrated with the author's own drawings and photographs.
alhambra granada san miguel bajoGranada, tierra soñada por mí, que Lorenzo describe como "un libro sobre Granada más que una sencilla guía turística", fue publicado por Natívola en 2001. Cuenta la historia de la ciudad del poeta Federico García Lorca, del compositor Manuel de Falla, que vino de Cádiz para vivir junto a la Alhambra. El autor explora los Palacios Nasríes,  los barrios del Albaicín, Sacromonte, Realejo y también la Alcaicería, Plaza Nueva y Bibarrambla, descubriendo sus secretos. Estas páginas vienen ricamente ilustradas con los dibujos en tinta china y las fotografías del propio autor.
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Grenade, ville de mes rêves
, décrit par Lorenzo comme "un livre sur Grenade plus qu'un simple guide touristique", fut edité par Natívola en 2001. L'histoire de la ville et de son palais maure l'Alhambra y est racontée de façon anecdotique mais aussi savante, illustrée par ses dessins en encre-de-chine et aussi ses photos.
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The author is a professional translator and interpreter, and created the Spanish and French versions of his book himself, with the revision of mother-tongue experts. Although all paper copies of earlier editions of Lorenzo's books are sold out, they are now published in digital form by Amazon.



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Lorenzo mismo tradujo su libro al español, con la revisión de un experto nativo.



Los libros en papel se han agotado pero lo puedes leer en tu tableta u ordenador. Cómpratelo buscando

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Lorenzo a traduit lui-même son livre en langue française, aidé par un expert réviseur. Visualisez-le en cherchant les mots, "Amazon  Kindle Grenade Bohme".


Lorenzo a guidé les téléspectateurs français par les rues de Grenade dans le programme Des Racines et des Ailes en 2001.
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Places, people and historical subjects discussed in "Granada, City of My Dreams" / Lugares, personajes y temas históricos debatidos en "Granada, tierra soñada por mí" / Lieux, personnages et thèmes historiques présentés dans "Grenade, ville de mes rêves": Reconquest, Reconquista, Cordoba, Córdoba Seville Sevilla, Montefrio / Navas de Tolosa / Mirador de San Nicolás, San Cristóbal / San Miguel Alto  / Corral del Carbón / Madraza / Sagrario / Hernán del Pulgar / Calderería / Placeta de Carvajales / Minaret of San José / Plaza de San Miguel Bajo / Convent of Santa Isabel la Real / Cuesta de la Alhacaba / San Juan de Dios, Casa de Pisa / Convents of Zafra and Concepción / Casa de Castril / Paseo de los Tristes / San Juan de los Reyes /  / Puerta del Vino, de las Armas / Alcazaba / Plaza de los Aljibes / Palace of Carlos Quinto / al-Andalus / Visigoths / Mexuar / Cuarto Dorado / Hall of Abencerrajes / Sala de los Reyes / Sala de las Dos Hermanas / Sala de camas / Tocador de la Reina / Partal / El Parador, antiguo Monasterio de San Francisco / Torre de las Damas / Mosque, Mezquita / Generalife, socavón del cubo, cerca de Don Gonzalo, muralla del siglo XIV / Torres Bermejas / Campo del Príncipe / Casa de los Tiros / Palace of Bibataubín / Manigua, Calle Moras, Jazmín / Calle Recogidas / Cuarto Real de Santo Domingo / Ermita de San Sebastián / Alcázar Genil / Acequia Gorda, Paseo de las Palmas / Mariana Pineda / Aben Humeya / Angel Barrios / Spanish Inquisition, Inquisición, Torquemada / moro, morisco, mudéjar, mozárabe, elche, muladí / Spinoza Espinoza Erasmus Erasmo /expulsion of the Jews, decreto de expulsión, decreto de la Alhambra, Alhambra Decree / forced conversions / 1392, Vicente Ferrer / nuevo cristiano, marrano, converso, limpieza de sangre, clean blood / San Juan de la Cruz, Teresa de Avila, Carmen de los Mártires / Juana la loca, Felipe el hermoso, Jeanne la folle et Philippe le Beau / What is a granadino carmen? / Cristo de las lañas, Cristo del paño, Cristo de los cornudos / Zirí, Muralla ziríd, Zirid Wall / The name "Granada" has nothing to do with "pomegranate" / Christopher Columbus in the Alhambra / Tanto monta, el rey como la reina, Isabel y Fernando / el estilo isabelino, Gothic, Renaissance, renacimiento, plateresco, Plateresque, taracea / Hernando de Talavera / Muley Hassan Hacén, Boabdil / Alpujarra, Capileira, guerra Alpujarras, Aben Humeya / Angel Ganivet / Gate of San Lorenzo, Postigo de San Lorenzo, Monaita, de las Pesas, Fajalauza, Elvira / Cisneros, Alfonso X el sabio, Carlos Quinto / Parapanda, Moclín, Toledo / Lindaraja, Aixa, Isabel de Solís / Patio Arrayanes, Leones, Cuesta Gomérez, Casa Chirimías, Puente del Cadí, Espinoza, Cabrera, Churra, Bañuelo, Darro / Puente Verde, Puente Romano / Dar-al-Horra / Carril de la Lona / Torres Balbás. Bibliography / Fuentes / Sources: Antonio Gallego y Burín, Joseph Pérez, Manuel Gómez-Moreno, Fernand Braudel, Jacques Heers, Henry Kamen, Bernard Vincent, Julio Caro Baroja, Antonio Villar, Juan Bustos, Julio Belza, Jacinto Morente Martínez, César Girón, Catherine Gaignard, Peinado Santaella, Amin Maalouf
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Viva Granada is famous on the Internet for its virtual tour of Granada and the Alhambra, the banks of the Darro River, and the Cathedral and the Royal Chapel where the "Reyes Catóicos" lie buried, as well as many hidden corners of the old city. After several years of absence, Lorenzo's tour will soon be restored here, with many improvements.

Viva Granada es conocido en Internet por su visita virtual de Granada y la Alhambra además de sus barrios históricos y los rincones escondidos alrededor de Puerta Real y las orillas del Río Genil. Después de unos años de ausencia, la visita de Lorenzo será pronto restaurada en este lugar.

Viva Granada est connu en Internet pour sa visite virtuelle de Grenade et l'Alhambra, le Mirador de San Nicolás dans l'Albaicin et aussi la vieille ville entre Puerta Elvira y Plaza Nueva. Après quelques années d'absence, elle sera bientôt de retour ici.
Below, a rare photo of the author when he was a student in Granada, taken in the Alhambra with the Albaicin in the background, and a recent one with his son August, taken in the Albaicin with the Alhambra in the background...
Abajo, una antigua foto del autor cuando estudiaba en Granada, tomada en la Alhambra con el Albaicin en el fondo, y una más reciente con su hijo Augusto, tomada en el Albaicin con la Alhambra en el fondo...

En bas, une rare photo de l'auteur lorsqu'il étudiait à Grenade, prise dans l'Alhambra avec l'Albaicin au fond, et une autre, plus récente et en compagnie de son fils Auguste, prise dans l'Albaicin avec l'Alhambra au fond...
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Portrait of Montefrio
- Lorenzo has written extensively about the history, archaeology and monuments - as well as the daily life and customs - of the Andalucian mountain village where he has lived, on and off, since he was just eighteen. These newspaper articles and true stories form an erudite and at the same time intensely autobiographical volume that has much to say about Andalucian life and attitudes.
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The author was born in London in 1942 and began travelling, with his German refugee father and English mother, after the end of World War II. He lived in Vancouver, Mexico City, Kingston Jamaica and New York until the age of 18. After three years at the University of Madrid and the Sorbonne in Paris, he travelled to Rio de Janeiro where he stayed five years, living in a favela. In Brazil, Lorenzo learned  the leatherworker's craft, which he later practiced in Haiti, Colombia and a string of Caribbean islands, with several long stays in New York City in between. He returned to Europe in 1983, where he became a translator, interpreter and history writer.

Lawrence's youthful adventures in North, South and Central America, the Caribbean and Western Europe are recounted in the 15 volumes of "My Very Long Youth". The author describes this opus as being, rather than a travel book, "a book about a man who travelled".

My Very Long Youth
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Volume 1 -

the author's infancy in London,
his father Edward's tales of adventure during the Great Depression after he escapes from Berlin in 1937.
The Böhmes emigrate to
West Vancouver one year
after the end of

World War II.
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Volume 2 -
the author's mother becomes a painter and takes him to live in Mexico City at age 14. When things go sour in fascinating but conflictive Mexico, they make their way to the British colony of Jamaica, where Lawrence discovers a tropical paradise, inhabited by a graceful and life-loving people.

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Volume 3 -
Lawrence discovers Lower Manhattan in the age of Sputniks and Beatniks, while Greenwich Village, and Harlem too, discover Lawrence...



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Volume 4 -
The author sets out on his own in life at age 18,  for the universities of Madrid and Granada. Finding himself in a hotbed of anti-Franco student dissidents, he does poorly at his studies but falls in love first with a dusky maiden of Madrid and later with the olive-farming town of Montefrio, where he becomes the friend of a great flamenco singer.




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Volume 5 -
The author, disenchanted with the highly conservative and well-censored Spanish University, moves north to continue his studies and discover French Civilisation at the Sorbonne in Paris. But the pleasures of the Latin Quarter end up eclipsing his academic endeavours and turning him against schools in general.

The rebellious German painter Lilo he met in Granada- the "tomboy from Wurzburg" - and who is now studying painting in Montparnasse, takes Lawrence on a hitch-hiking tour of northern Italy to discover
the medieval frescoes of Siena
and the mosaics of Ravenna.
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Volume 6 - After leaving both the Sorbonne and Lilo, Lawrence spends a hectic summer in New York, where he finds a job guiding French tourists through the Deep South, makes friends with Olimpio the Brazilian - who persuades him to go to Rio - and sees Sweet Emma playing the piano and sing at Preservation Hall, New Orleans. By autumn Lawrence is back in Europe, where he decides to give up his stdies. For three months he seeks work in Rome and an ideal life in a fishing village in Sicily, before deciding to follow his mother back to New York.

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Volume 7 -

After working at his old bookshop on East 59th Street, Lawrence becomes a private school teacher in Queens, NY, falls in love with the "Panamanian voodoo doll", and then goes West to live with his mother in North Beach, working as a busboy at the Pantera Restaurant and a logger in Sonoma County, until he gets together the money for a one-way boat ticket to Brazil.






 

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Volume 8 -
After one month at sea on a Japanese freighter Lawrence at last comes to Rio, where he settles in with his old New York friend Jonathon and devotes himself to drawing the baroque churches in the old port. But before long he discovers the flesh-pot of Copacabana, the "gafieira" dance halls where he gets his first samba lessons, and meets his first Brazilian sweetheart.



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Volume 9 -

After Jonathon returns to New York, Lawrence befriends a fisherman and moves into his family's shack overlooking the beach of Ipanema. He does a stint as an English teacher and then, with his new friend Yukio, who came from Japan to find fortune in Brazil, opens a sandal factory in Copacabana. When Lawrence's mother arrives in Brazil with her paints and canvases, he takes her to Brazil "black city", Salvador da Bahia, where they stay a year in a house between the beach and a fresh-water lagoon.

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Volume 10 -

After five years in Brazil, Lawrence heads back to his mother's place in San Diego, stopping for a week in Peru, where he climbs over amazing Inca ruins and gets a bowel infection.  He makes his living doing leatherwork, first in Los Angeles and then back in New York. As soon as his book about Brazil is finished, he takes it to a famous publisher but is turned down. After meeting the Indian guru Munishree, Lawrence overcomes his despair by learning to meditate. Putting literature behind him, he decides to make his leather bags in Haiti.


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Volume 11 -

In Haiti, long closed to foreigners, the old dictator Papa Doc has died and power is now in the hands of his son, who opens the country to foreign investors. In the hope of learning creole and living among the peasants, Lawrence sets up his leather workshop on a church mission in the countryside.  All goes well at first, but after his mother comes to visit, he falls out with the local priest and takes refuge in the picturesque seaport of Jacmel.
But Haiti's political atmosphere goes sour, so he and Joan discreetly depart, before it's too late.


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Volume 12 -

After a trouble-filled time plying his trade on the South American coast,  where burglars make off with his entire workshop, Lawrence discovers Henrietta, an English-speaking island all alone in the southwestern Caribbean where the islanders make him and his mother feel at home. There, Lawrence learns the local patois and becomes the friend of all the islanders, as well as the lover of two of them... He designs his first postcards which are sold along with the handbags and sandals, in a wooden house on the leeward shore. But the tourist trade isn't big enough to  survive on so he moves north...


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Volume 13 -

Lawrence opens his workshop on the prosperous island of Great Brac, a notorious international tax haven. Two years later, the tedium of life in a staid British colony drives him to livelier islands in the eastern Caribbean, where he sets up his custom sandal shop on the Dutch island of Sint Maarten and the French one of Saint Barth. As well  as drawing postcards for his home islands, he creates designs for Saint Kitt's, Saba, Saint Croix and Saint Thomas too, where he befriends an array of the natives, characters and outcasts who people them.


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Volume 14 -
The pair resolve to leave the tropics and return to France, after wintering in New York where Lawrence designs and distributes his postcards of the city, and also of Boston. The next spring they travel to Provence, in the hope of finding a medieval village where Lawrence can set up his arts and crafts shop.



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Volume 15 -
Lawrence discovers the hill town of Salyons where he befriends Eliane, a Parisian artist. But in spite of her encouragement and help, he's soon forced to change plans and move to Paris, where he learns a new trade and becomes a translator at Unesco. His Paris postcards are successful, but after a family crisis, he flees to a farmhouse in Auvergne. After a summer savouring his new solitude, Lawrence follows his father's advice and heads south, to the olive-farming town in Andalucia which he discovered when he was a student.

COMING SOON...

A virtual tour of Granada and the Alhambra, the historical quarters of the Cathedral district, the Realejo and the city center, with Lorenzo's diagrams and photographs

Write to Lorenzo with your comments and requests at... / Escribe a Lorenzo con tus comentarios y pedidos a... / Écrivez à Lorenzo avec vos commentaires et pétitions à...

lrbm42 at/arroba/arobase hotmail.com

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