Tristana

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Ediciones AKAL, Oct 18, 2001 - Fiction - 306 pages
En 1868 la sociedad española se vio conmocionada por una revolución que habría de modificarla profundamente. El derrocamiento de Isabel II desembocaría en última instancia en la proclamación de la Primera República y en una nueva organización de la vida del país. Sin embargo, la alianza entre la gran burguesía que había crecido a la sombra de estos cambios y los viejos valores del Antiguo Régimen acabaría en brevísimo tiempo con aquella esperanza. La Restauración borbónica estableció una sociedad inmovilista basada en la hegemonía incuestionable del poder económico y moral que la controlaba. En esta situación, Benito Pérez Galdós hace nacer a Tristana como personaje incapacitado para integrarse en la sociedad de su época. Desde su posición marginal, Tristana imagina un futuro mejor y más libre, con una clara conciencia de su condición femenina. Con la incomprensión de sus dos amantes y la falta de preparación a la que, por ser mujer, la condena la España de finales del siglo XIX, Tristana será finalmente asimilada, quedando mutilada en cuerpo y alma.
 

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Contents

ESTUDIO PRELIMINAR
5
BIBLIOGRAFÍA
55
NOTA PREVIA
67
TRISTANA
103
Capítulo IX
161
Capítulo X
167
Capítulo XI
173
Capítulo XH
179
Capítulo XVIII
225
Capítulo XIX
235
Capítulo XX
245
Capítulo XXI
251
Capítulo XXn
257
Capítulo XXIII
263
Capítulo XXIV
269
Capítulo XXV
275

Capítulo XHI
187
Capítulo XIV
195
Capítulo XV
201
Capítulo XVI
211
Capítulo XVII
219
Capítulo XXVI
283
Capítulo XXVII
291
Capítulo XXVIH
297
Capítulo XXIX
301
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Perez Galdos was Spain's outstanding nineteenth-century novelist. At a time when most Spanish novelists were limited by their regional backgrounds, Galdos possessed the intellect and vision to embrace the Spanish people as a nation. In 1873 he began the Episodios nacionales (National Episodes), a 46--volume series of historical novels in which he was concerned less with details and facts of history than with their impact on the lives of ordinary people. His works are sometimes divided into two periods: novels of the first period and contemporary Spanish novels. His early novels, Dona Perfecta (1876), Gloria (1877), Marianela (1878), and The Family of Leon Roch (1879), may be characterized as realistic with touches of romanticism. The novels are united by common characters and themes in the manner of Balzac's Human Comedy. Dona Perfecta is a denunciation of intolerance. Marianela explores the irony and tragedy of the destruction of love by scientific progress. Fortunata and Jacinta (1886-87), a four-volume masterpiece of the second period, contrasts two women - Jacinta, wife of the wealthy middle-class Juanito Santa Cruz, and Fortunata, his mistress. Both are admirable characters, but it is Fortunata who bears a son, demonstrating the vitality of the lower classes. The character of Maxi reveals Galdos's interest in mental illness and his naturalistic strain. Born and educated in the Canary Islands, Perez Galdos studied law briefly and spent most of his adult life in Madrid. His study of lower-class Spanish life and his attempts to improve it led him to the advocacy of more equal distribution of wealth and outspoken opposition to the Catholic church. While always popular with the people, he fared less well in literary circles. In 1889 he sought admission to the Royal Academy, an honor he was refused until 1897, and the Nobel Prize went to a contemporary, Jose Echegaray, a writer of considerably less talent. Galdos died poor and blind. Although the government refused him a state funeral, the entire Spanish nation mourned him. English translations of his novels now out of print are The Disinherited Lady (1881), Miau (1888), Compassion (1897), and Tristana.

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