About Spain: Three Modern Classics of Travel Literature

Saturday, February 22, 2014
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Saturdays, February 22 – May 3 (class will not meet March 22 and 29)

10 am – Noon

Led by Michael Autrey

We will read and discuss three modern classics about Spain: Cees Nooteboom’s Roads to Santiago, Camilo José Cela’s Journey to the Alcarria, and Norman Lewis’s Voices of the Old Sea. Our writers as our guides, we will examine the general impulse to travel and the special attraction of Spain, which is the “continent that is appended to Europe and yet is not Europe,” as Nooteboom phrased it. Please read the first eight chapters of Roads to Santiago: Detours and Riddles in the Lands and History of Spain for the first session.

Michael Autrey has traveled widely, teaches writing, and reviews fiction and poetry. His first book of poetry, Our Fear, was published in November.

Materials List


  • Roads to Santiago: Detours & Riddles in the Lands and History of Spain, Cees Nooteboom. ISBN-10: 0151001979
  • Journey to the Alcarria, Camilo José Cela. Translated be Frances M. Lopez-Morrillas. ISBN-10: 0871133792
  • Voices of the Old Sea, Norman Lewis. ISBN-10: 1906011613 -OR- ISBN-10: 0786716908.

Readings for the First Session:

  • For the first session, please read Roads to Santiago: Detours & Riddles in the Lands and History of Spain, Chapters 1-8 (pgs 3-93).

This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program.

Cost and Registration Information 

Nine sessions, $230.
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