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Las Bravas

I pull a book off the shelf to reread, Augusto Monterroso's El eclipse y otros cuentos, from a series called Alianza Cien. These were very slim volumes which sold for 100 pesetas in Spain, more or less a dollar. I liked them because they were cheap, small, and easy to carry when you were traveling. You could easily read one in a day.

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I bought this one sometime near the end of the last century, and as bookmark I used the receipt I got at a bar in Madrid called Las Bravas. When I pulled the book off the shelf yesterday the bookmark was still there.

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That day in May I ate some patatas bravas, some calamares, washed down with a couple of draft beers. A draft ("una caña") was 125 pesetas, 25 more than the book cost.

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"patatas bravas"

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This painting is on the wall behind the bar.

Ah, the unplanned stroll down amnesia lane!

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