By Adriana V. López, Carmen Ospina (editors)
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He didn’t seem too worried that he’d be seen with it. He moved down Carmen Street and turned at the first intersection. The meter said forty-seven pesetas, which nobody paid. Tino put the Studebaker in gear, and minutes later he was on Las Ramblas, always noisy, colorful, and jubilant, with its florists, the Boqueria Market, café terraces, and, at the end, Columbus’s statue. Soon, he lost track of time and space. He realized they’d pushed him into the furious war between the anarchist union, CNT, and the employers’ union, which was called El Libre.
Whatever the war destroyed, Barcelona’s industry would replace. Especially fabric. Fabric for uniforms, for blankets, for tents. But also kegs, chemical and metallurgical products … Factories cropped up by the beach and the first railway in the Spanish state was laid to carry merchandise to nearby ports, where boats were waiting, and from there long trains would transport loads to faraway France. Catalonian Manchester was what we called that hodgepodge of dirty, arrogant factories, and the little workers’ houses that blossomed around it were called Poble Nou.
They walked off in the direction of Botella Street. Jiménez carried the cash box on his shoulder. He didn’t seem too worried that he’d be seen with it. He moved down Carmen Street and turned at the first intersection. The meter said forty-seven pesetas, which nobody paid. Tino put the Studebaker in gear, and minutes later he was on Las Ramblas, always noisy, colorful, and jubilant, with its florists, the Boqueria Market, café terraces, and, at the end, Columbus’s statue. Soon, he lost track of time and space.
Barcelona Noir (Akashic Noir) by Adriana V. López, Carmen Ospina (editors)