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    Spanish mostly pissed off at Dan Brown's Digital Fortress

    Digital Fortress was Dan Brown's first novel, back in 1996. He was mostly unknown in Spain then, and not deemed the effort to translate into Spanish; however, after The Da Vinci code, we can't get enough of him, and that's why Digital Fortress is about to appear in Cervantes' mother tongue.
    However, a few paragraphs have leaked before publication, because, unlike what Dan Brown might think, some people here Actually Speak English. And these paragraphs might be enough to award Seville the title of most misrepresented Spanish city in North American movies and novels, after Holy Week floats bursted in flames during Mission: Impossible.
    What's considered offensive for people (in blogs, and also in mainstream press, TV newscasts and the international press), or at least, a proof of ignorance by Dan Brown, are statements about the steps in the Giralda that kill tourists (there are no steps in the Giralda, as has been noted, for instance, in these reviews), the presentation of Spain as a miserable country, with hospitals smelling of urine and police that can be easily bribed (I can't say anything about these, but they are as easily bribed as police in the UK or USA, I guess). All in all, a science fiction book, with little in the way of science, and fiction, well, if that's your cup of tea. Funny thing is that, he's been actually living in Seville for some time. As BlackVeela says:
    He surely spent his stay being drunk under a bridge, or maybe some girl rejected him and his hurt pride swore to take vengeance.

    BTW, that using their well-know humor, Seville has officially invited Dan Brown to visit it. No bribes involved, apparently.
    Which reminds me, BTW, of Beggars in Spain, by Nancy Kress. There are beggars in Spain, mind you, but, once again, as many as in any other European country.

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    De: BioMaxi Fecha: 2005-08-30 11:31

    But.... Where's the rest?



    2
    De: JJ Fecha: 2005-08-31 18:04

    That's what I'm wondering right now. I'll just erase it.



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    De: juanito Fecha: 2005-11-25 20:13

    Brown is deadly right, spain is a poor country which is funded by donations of the rest of europe for building up roads, hospitals, airports... back date to 1996 when Mr Brown wrote the book he could not take into his account this info, obviously he developed the story according with the real wealth of a region like andalucia some few years ago, one of the poorest region in europe with millions of people being underdogs and homeless. nowadays still remains like a poor region that barely reachs 50% of the average european GNP.



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    De: Mike Fecha: 2006-05-26 22:51

    jajajaja juanito...tu eres tonto!!!, aún me acuerdo cuando fuí a Londres y ví como mataban a un negro por el color de su piel.



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    De: Dan Brown Freak Fecha: 2015-11-06 00:49

    It is pretty obvious... Dan Brown studied in Seville and he was bullied... why who knows... funny thing.. is that, even with his intellect and good writing... he could not get over the fact.. he was bullied in Seville... and I feel sorry for him... because he cannot even separate his personal life from that episode in his life... it was probably very traumatic for big writer and big ignorant about the real life



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