Celestina

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Penguin, Dec 29, 2009 - Fiction - 240 pages
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The racy and irreverent Spanish tragicomedy that is considered the first European novel-in a spirited new translation

A Spanish Romeo and Juliet, Celestina was published in 1499 and became Spain's first-ever bestseller. Readers thrilled to the salty character of Celestina and her world of prostitutes and black magic even as they mourned the fate of Calisto and Melibea, the young lovers she unites using her wiles as a seller of perfumes and potions. Fernando de Rojas's exhilarating mix of street wit, obscenity, and cultured rhetoric mark Celestina as a masterpiece: an original, explosive, genre-defying work that paved the way for the picaresque novel and for Cervantes.
 

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Contents

Title Page Copyright Page Introduction Chapter
Postscripts
THE AUTHOR TO A FRIEND
THE AUTHOR APOLOGISES FOR HIS ERRORS IN THIS WORK THAT HE WROTE ARGUES
ALONSO DE PROAZA PUBLISHING EDITOR TO THE READER
PROLOGUE TO THE THIRD EDITION
THE AUTHOR CONCLUDES AND RECALLS THE REASON WHY HE FINISHED IT THE WAY HE DID
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Fernando de Rojas (c.1470-1541) wrote Celestina in his mid-twenties and went on to practice law during the early years of the Spanish Inquisition.
Peter Bush is an award-winning translator from Spanish and Catalan.
Juan Goytisolo was an outspoken critic of the Franco regime and has lived in exile for more than fifty years, mostly in France and Morocco. His novels include Marks of Identity, Count Julian, and Juan the Landless.

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