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‘I RE­MEM­BER the strange hu­mid­ity dur­ing that first Septem­ber in the city. I re­mem­ber the ran­cid smells and the con­stant noise as steel shut­ters were pulled up and down. I re­mem­ber the sound of cars and mo­tor­bikes re­ver­ber­at­ing against the old stone build­ings, the foot­falls and voices which echoed in the nar­row streets. It was 1975, two months be­fore the death of Gen­eral [Fran­cisco] Franco. I was 20 years old and had just ar­rived in Barcelona.’

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