The Life of Lazarillo de Tormes: A Critical Edition Including the Original Spanish Text

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McFarland, 2005 M07 14 - 160 pages
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The beginning of the golden age of Spanish literature and the particular socio-political circumstances of early 16th century Spain made fertile ground for the emergence of the picaresque novel, an early form of the first-person narrative novel relating the adventures of a rogue or lowborn traveler (Spanish picaro) as he drifts through the Spanish countryside from one social milieu to another in an effort to survive. Influenced largely by the medieval tradition of the fabliaux and by the early Italian Renaissance, and structured upon a foundation of anecdotes, proverbs, popular beliefs, and folk tales, the picaro's discourse becomes a satirical survey of the hypocrisies and corruptions of society. The picaresque novel is exemplified by the prototypical and anonymously written Lazarillo de Tormes, published in 1554, in which the poor boy Lazaro describes his services under seven successive lay and clerical masters, each of whom hides a dubious character beneath a mask of hypocrisy. So piercing are its deliberate social criticisms, irreverent wit, anticlerical attitude and string of mischievous misadventures that Lazarillo was an entry in the 1559 Index of Prohibited Books. For the modern reader, the choice of characters and the backdrop for Lazarillo de Tormes reveal the heart of Spain's national dilemma after the crucial events of the 1520s. This dual-language, annotated critical edition of Lazarillo de Tormes presents the complete text of the novel in both English and Spanish. The translation attempts to capture in modern English not only the meaning of the historical text, but also the qualities of its original style.

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Contents

Preface
1
The Picaresque Novel La vida
9
The Life of Lazarillo de Tormes
19
How Lázaro Came to Serve a Priest and What
33
How Lázaro Took Up with a Squire and What
44
Which Tells How Lázaro Came to Serve a Friar
61
How Lázaro Served a Chaplain and What Came
70
Prólogo
75
Cómo Lázaro se asentó con un clérigo y
88
Cómo Lázaro se asentó con un escudero y de
98
Cómo Lázaro se asentó con un fraile de la Merced
114
Cómo Lázaro se asentó con un capellán y
122
Bibliography of Recent Lazarillo Studies
145
Index
155
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Alfonso J. García Osuna is the chair of the Department of Foreign Languages at Kingsborough, a College of the City University of New York. He is also the author of The Cuban Filmography: 1897 through 2001 (2003).

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