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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.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, [2009]
ISBN: 9780143106098
Branch Call Number: ROJAS F
Characteristics: xvi, 219 pages ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Bush, Peter R. 1946-


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Oct 05, 2016

I found that this edition was very hard to follow, as the speaker is never mentioned. You can figure out by reading who is speaking by the tone of voice and subject matter, but if you put it down and come back later, you can't just pick up where you left off since you can't recall 100% who is speaking. There are other editions that give the speaker, just as the original text does (the novel is more like a play).


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