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Lazarillo De Tormes / the Grifter El Buscon : Two Novels of the Low Life in Golden Age Spain (Paperback)

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Translator Frye presents a comprehensive introduction to two short comic novels written in sixteenth and seventeenth century Spain about young men of low social class living by their wits in Castile, a region mostly peopled by peasant farmers with the largest city Toledo. He aims to convey the meaning of each sentence of the original in a modern idiom that matches as closely as possible the social satire, common language, conventions of the learned printed language, and material items and concepts that are gone from the world today. The first novel, Lazarillo de Tormes, has seven treatises/chapters with prologue and appendix. The second, The Grifter (El Busc&’o&n is divided into three books, with seven, six, and 10 chapters, respectively. Annotation ©2015 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (
"An elegant, precise, and accessible modern-English rendering of the two best examples of the early modern picaresque genre: the paradigmaticLazarillo de Tormes and Quevedo's mordant El Buscón. Frye's translations are triumphant, capturing the cadence of popular early modern speech while remaining faithful to the original texts; his notes illuminate the diverse contexts in which the texts were written. Frye gives careful attention throughout to the historical background that propelled these two parallel but different monuments of Golden Age Spanish literature." --Teofilo Ruiz, UCLA
Number of Pages: 179
Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres
Sub-Genre: Classics
Series Title: Hackett Classics
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Hackett Pub Co Inc
Author: Francisco De Quevedo & Anonymous
Language: English
Street Date: March 5, 2015
TCIN: 17256078
UPC: 9781624663444
Item Number (DPCI): 247-06-1341

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