Could we, per chance, justify another Spanish civil war, if it, like the last one, yielded another The Fifth Column – or yet a Guernica?

I really wouldn’t know, but something good should come out of this.

In any event, the conduct of generalissimo Francisco Franco’s good old La Guardia Civil, has been a proper disgrace.

So shame on you, Spain.

Estelada blava. The Catalan flag katalonsk flagg Catalonia Katalonia

Top photo: Pablo Picasso’s Guernica, 1937. Oil on canvas, 776.6 x 349.3 centimetres. Catalan flag, the Estelada blava: Blogger’s own drawing.

I’ve been told that Orwell’s 1984 hits the bestseller lists once more, God knows for what reason (Jarle, really?).

Totalitarianism Authoritarianism dictature diktatur totalitarian authoritarian

Top photo: George Orwell’s «1984». Blogger’s photograph.

Tower of wisdom

Prague’s central library harbours a little treasure, on top of shelf upon shelf of literature, namely this tower of books, found in the library’s lobby:

You can have a quick peek inside, too, and get a glimpse of infinity, provided by the mirrored floor and ceiling:

We never quite got around to visit the «biblical» main attraction, though, the Clementimum, which will have to wait until next time (according to our daughter there will be one).

FUN FACT: There are more libraries than grammar schools in the Czech republic, as many as one per 1,971 Czech citizens, adding up to a total of 6,019 libraries. Czechs visiting libraries also buy more books than most; in fact 11 books a year, on average, according to the New York Times.

Batman, Stephen, d. 1584. The doome warning all men to the iudgemente, 1581.

STC 1582

Houghton Library, Harvard University