La Celestina: tragicomedia de Calisto y Melibea

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Alianza, 1979 - Fiction - 262 pages
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Different Spanish, but one gets used to it. What I don't understand is why didn't Calisto ask her in marriage... different times, different customs Read full review

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This review may contain spoilers. “Celestina” is one of those literary peculiarities that you might not have had the pleasure to be introduced to if you had not taken a course in Spanish literature. I ... Read full review


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Fernando de Rojas, of Jewish parentage and a convert to Christianity during the Inquisition, is generally considered to have written all but the first act of Celestina. This drama, or novel in dialogue, first appeared in 1499 as The Comedy of Calisto and Melibea, then in 1502 as Tragi-Comedy with five additional acts, and finally in 1519 as Celestina in the version now read. While grounded in medieval morality and conventions of courtly love, the work has been designated by Menendez y Pelayo as marking the birth of the Spanish Renaissance for its tragic lovers Calisto and Melibea, whose passions lead to their own destruction. The work is also known for its use of elegant language, its individualized characters, its glorification of the pleasures of this life, and its emphasis on luck as the law of the universe. Celestina, a worldly wise old schemer who is totally preoccupied with procuring sexual love, once for herself and now for others, is the grand creation of the work. The most important source for the character of Celestina is Juan Ruiz's The Book of Good Love; the influence of Boccaccio (through the archpriest of Talavera), as well as Greek and Latin works, may also be detected. Some critics consider Celestina to be surpassed in Spanish literature only by Cervantes's Don Quijote.

Camilo Jose Cela, 1916 - 2002 Camilo Jose Cela was born on May 11, 1916 in Iria Flavia, district of Padron, Province of Coruiia. He is a Doctor Honorus Causa at Syracuse University in the U. S., Birmingham University in Britain, John F. Kennedy University in Argentina, Palma de Mallorca, Santiago de Compostela, the Interamericana University in Puerto Rico and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Cela is a former professor at the University de Mallorca and a member of the Real Academie Espanola, He is also a member of the Hispanic Society of America, the Society of Spanish and Spanish-American Studies and the Academie du Monde Latin. Cela is an honorary member of the Real Academie Gallega, the Real Academie de Buenas Litras, the Real Academie de Bellas Artes de San Sebastian, the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, the Cultural Institute Israel-Ibero-American, Spain and Portugal. Cela received an honorary postman position as well as an honorary doctorate in forensic medicine. He was a Senator by Royal appointment to the constituent assembly from 1977 to 1978. He is an Honorary Citizen of the State of Texas and founder and director of the journal, "Papeles de Son Arnedans" which ran from 1956 to 1979. Cela won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1989. His best known work is "La Familia de Pascual Duarte," published in 1942. Camilo Jose Cela died in 2002.

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