Spain: The Awakening Land


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On Madrid's broad Paseo de la Castellana, the heavy steel ball of a demolition crane slams relentlessly into the 19th century palace of the Marques de Selgas, making room for a high-rise apartment building. On the outskirts of the city, Dodge Darts are rolling out of a vast factory complex that less than a year ago was an empty field. Europe's biggest supermarket opened two years ago on the exclusive Calle Velázquez. In a dim, dark-paneled bar on the Avenida de las Americas, boys in long hair and girls in white Vartan stockings sit carefully cool...

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