Celestina

By Fernando De Rojas; Peter Bush (Translator); Juan Goytisolo (Introduction by)
(Penguin Books, Paperback, 9780143106098, 219pp.)

Publication Date: December 29, 2009

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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.



About the Author
Lesley Byrd Simpson was a renowned translator of many great works of Spanish literature. His translations of "The Celestina "and "The Poem of the Cid "(both UC Press books) in particular preserve the vigor and colloquial flavor of the original.

Peter Bush, presently a Presbyterian minister in rural Ontario, served St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Flin Flon, Manitoba, for seven years. Holding Masters degrees in both history and theology, he has published numerous articles on Canadian church history and is the editory of "Presbyterian History".

Ne a Barcelone, en 1931, intellectuel engage, oppose au franquisme, Juan Goytisolo s'est tres tot exile a Paris. Aujourd'hui installe a Marrakech, il est devenu un critique implacable de la civilisation occidentale. Auteur d'une quinzaine de romans et de nombreux essais, il a recu, en 1985, le prix Europalia pour l'ensemble de son uvre, en 2002 le prix Octavio Paz, en 2004 le prix Juan Rulfo de litterature latino-americaine et caribeenne, et en novembre 2008 le prestigieux Prix national des Lettres espagnoles.Photo: Circulo de Lectores.
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