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Celestina (Margellos World Republic of Letters) [Hardcover]

Fernando De Rojas , Margaret Sayers Peden , Roberto Gonzales Echevarria

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2 Oct 2009 030014198X 978-0300141986
A timeless story of love, morality, and tragedy, Fernando de Rojas' 'Celestina' is a classic of Spanish literature. Second only to 'Don Quixote' in its cultural importance, Rojas' dramatic dialog presents the elaborate tale of a star-crossed courtship between the young nobleman Calisto and the beautiful maiden Melibea in fifteenth-century Spain. Their unforgettable saga plays out in vibrant exchanges, presented here in a brilliant new translation by award-winning translator Margaret Sayers Peden. After a chance encounter with Melibea leaves Calisto entranced by her charms, he enlists the services of Celestina, an aged prostitute, madam, and procuress, to arrange another meeting. She promptly seizes control of the affair, guiding it through a series of mishaps before it meets its tragic end. At times a comic character and at others a self-assertive promoter of women's sexual license, Celestina is an inimitable personality with a surprisingly modern consciousness, certain to be relished by a new generation of readers.

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''Celestina' is an immensely difficult text to translate and Margaret Sayers Peden does not disappoint. She delivers the most thoughtful and incisive translation to date, with a text that seems to echo the minds and feelings of these beguiling characters from fifteenth century Salamanca. Full of wit and pathos, longing and laughter, readers will be enthralled by the nuanced tones of this new rendering. A brilliant tour de force accompanied by an elegant, intelligent and enlightening Introduction by Roberto Gonzlez Echevarra. Gonzlez Echevarra's notion of broken bodies as pieces of a Picasso painting/puzzle will resonate with us for a long time.' --Frederick A. de Armas, University of Chicago

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Margaret Sayers Peden is professor emerita of Spanish at the University of Missouri and the translator of major works by Octavio Paz, Pablo Neruda, Isabel Allende and others. Roberto Gonzalez Echevarria is Sterling Professor of Hispanic and Comparative Literature, Yale University.

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