In this book, José Varela Ortega makes an impassioned defense of Spain and its many virtues. And he does so in a number of fields: philosophy, literature, cinema, and art.
He analyzes the image of our country abroad throughout history, and explains how our “black legend” was formed with premeditation, while also highlighting a period when our country was admired––one Spain tends to forget.
It’s true that Spain’s image has been distorted by stereotypes and the gaze of the other, but the Spanish themselves are also responsible.
And yet, our history is far richer and far more respected than most of us realize, and this is the subject of much of Varela’s text, though he does not sidestep such controversial matters as the conquest of America, the polemical writings of Bartolomé de las Casas, the relationship between piracy and Spanish imperialism, and the myths surrounding the Army of Flanders and the Inquisition.
The painstaking work of twenty years, it shows the admiration once felt for our country and, at the same time, the hatred and envy we have inspired the world over.