La regenta

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University of Georgia Press, Jan 1, 1984 - Fiction - 734 pages
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With its frank sexuality and searing critique of the Church, "La Regenta" scandalized contemporary Spain when it was first published in 1885. Married to the retired magistrate of Vetusta, Ana Ozores cares deeply for her much older husband but feels stifled by the monotony of her life in the shabby and conservative provincial town. When she embarks on a quest for fulfillment through religion and even adultery, a bitter struggle begins between a powerful priest and a would-be Don Juan for the passionate young womans body and soul. Spains answer to "Madame Bovary, La Regenta" wittily depicts the complacent and frivolous world of the upper class.

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About the author (1984)

Leopoldo Alas (18521901) was the author of another novel, "Su nico hijo," short stories and critical essays.
John Rutherford is a fellow of Queens College, Oxford, and award-winning translator of the Penguin Classics edition of "Don Quixote." For his translation of "La Regenta" he was decorated by King Juan Carlos of Spain.

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